Hazel Allan, aged 45 from Edinburgh, is awarded £3,750 towards the MA in Screenwriting at Edinburgh Napier University. Hazel is being mentored by Danny Brocklehurst.
Having the support and validation from the industry has filled me with confidence.
Hazel holds a BA in Community Education from Edinburgh University (Moray House). While caring for her young son as a single parent, Hazel has balanced her writing ambitions alongside working full-time, and currently works as a pupil support assistant in a busy primary school.
A published author, Hazel discovered her interest in screenwriting while writing her first novel for children in 2006. She later completed an introductory screenwriting course at Edinburgh Napier University, where she was able to explore the script development process and learn more about the industry.
Hazel says: “Having been awarded a BAFTA scholarship, and to be named a Prince William Scholar, means the world to me, not only because of the financial assistance, which is immensely appreciated but also because having the support and validation from the industry has filled me with confidence. Having such respected professionals appreciate my talent, recognise my potential and believe in me enough to invest in my future is both inspiring and motivating. I am looking forward to meeting new people who share my passion for screenwriting and I am determined to embrace very opportunity that comes from this experience. I feel incredibly grateful to both BAFTA and Warner Bros. for this chance to develop myself both personally and professionally.”