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June Taylor - MA Scriptwriting, 1993
June graduated from the Northern Film School with an MA in Scriptwriting in 1993.
"It's a long time ago now," she jokes, "but really quite pivotal in my career path ever since. I already had a degree in French, but after that I wanted to get into the media. I always knew I wanted to write, and at the time I was particularly interested in scriptwriting. So as well as teaching me the craft and the discipline, the MA also provided a supportive environment in which to experiment and gain confidence in writing generally."
On leaving the Northern Film School she went on to work as a freelance TV promos writer/producer working for Yorkshire TV, Granada, The Arts Channel, MUTV, and several other sports and film channels in the UK and abroad, making promos for award-winning dramas like Cracker and Prime Suspect; soaps including Coronation Street and Emmerdale; documentaries like World In Action; and entertainment shows such as Stars in Their Eyes and Blind Date. She was twice nominated for a PROMAX award, winning a bronze award in 1992 for The New Statesman.
In 2008, she joined Script Yorkshire as a Board member. She continues to support the running of the organisation today and still lives in Leeds. She has also had several short plays performed and a full-length stage play.
In 2011, June was runner-up in the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition with her Young Adult novel. Then in 2016 she got her first adult novel Losing Juliet published by HarperCollins for their Killer Reads imprint. Losing Juliet is a psychological drama about a friendship gone bad. When a best friend gets in touch after almost twenty years, the past proves impossible to escape. A split-second decision can be for life.
Losing Juliet has been described as 'gripping', 'unputdownable', 'beautiful and disturbing in equal measure', 'utterly compelling', and was nominated for the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2017 .
"Even though I concentrate more on writing fiction these days, the things I learned at the Northern Film School have got me to where I wanted to be. I am just so pleased that its reputation continues to grow, both in the UK and internationally. I see a lot of talent coming out of there!
Losing Juliet is available on Amazon and June can be found via her website.