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Amanda Verlaque has showcased work at Outburst Queer Arts Festival and is an ACNI SIAP recipient. Amanda’s idea for Hatch & Scratch, A Kink in The Brain, explored how injustice and inequality impact the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community.
Amanda’s career in the creative industries began as an arts and entertainment journalist writing for publications including The Irish News. She has 25 years’ award-winning experience in TV drama as a script editor, storyliner, producer and executive producer for the BBC, RTE, Blinder Films and Tiger Aspect before turning her attention to writing.
She has showcased plays at Belfast’s Outburst Queer Arts Festival and been published in flash fiction and short story anthologies. She recently executive produced On The Street Where We Live, a series of audio plays, also for the MAC and her play Lolly features in the series. Amanda’s play, This Shit Happens All The Time, about homophobic hate crime, will premiere at Belfast’s Imagine! Festival in March 2022, and Distortion produced by the MAC, Belfast, and will be streamed worldwide in September 2021.