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Ugandan playwright wins BBC World Service writing competition

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Ugandan playwright Angella Emurwon has won at this year’s International Playwriting Competition.

The writer won first prize in the English as a second language category at the awards, organised by the BBC World Service and the British Council.

The competition, in its 23rd year, invites anyone resident outside of Britain to write a radio drama for up to six characters.

As part of her prize, Emurwon’s play Sunflowers Behind a Dirty Fence will be broadcast on the BBC World Service on March 30.

Meanwhile, Janet Morrison, who represented Jamaica in the competition, won first prize in the English as a first language category.

Her play, The Fisherman, will be broadcast on the World Service in April.

Steve Titherington, senior commissioner at the World Service, described the winning entries as “fast-moving and action-packed” plays that deal with “contemporary themes”.