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Jayne Kirkham

Brown & Sticky Productions


Jayne took up writing at the age of three with a blue crayon on the front porch. It is still her favourite style. Having spent much of her life working with young people, Jayne began writing professionally in 2000. She now lectures in screenwriting at the Northern Film School and has acted as script consultant on a number of films including American independent feature The Deadline (starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Burch). Her own work has been broadcast on radio, television, screened at Edinburgh Film Festival and BIFA nominated. Jayne’s writing is imaginative and adventurous, bringing warmth and heart to tough thematic content and putting the art back in fart. As an outlet for said warm farty content, she co-founded animation company Brown & Sticky Productions with animator Sarah Bird. However, most recently she has been working on the first feature film to receive funding under the Welcome Foundation’s Sciart scheme: adapting Ann Kelley’s Gussie novels into a live action feature for Artemisia Films Ltd.

Jayne is the Children’s Rep on the executive council of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and an executive committee member of Save Kids’ TV, on whose behalf she lobbied for and now administrates the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Media and The Arts. When not writing, Jayne works as a youth activity worker and UKCC L2 coach (paddle sport) for West Berkshire District Council and the Scout Association. She has worked with a variety of school groups, young offenders and children with special educational needs, encouraging each person to experience fun, excitement and a sense of achievement through outdoor challenges. She has BCU 4 star certificates in Canoe and Kayak and 5 star in Raucous Laughter.

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