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Screenwriter, director and journalist

I’m a screenwriter, director and journalist because…

Charlie Swinbourne

I’m passionate about communicating deaf people’s experiences and surprising audiences with things they haven’t thought of before. I’m currently writing scripts for the BBC and BSL Zone. I’m also a journalist and I edit the Limping Chicken blog.

My career has been a long journey. From playing around with a camcorder at home and unpaid work experience, to jobs on several deaf TV series (including See Hear and Vee-TV) where I met other deaf writers and directors, I’ve worked my way up. Highlights along the way were winning a Royal Television Society (Yorkshire) Writer award and breaking an international news story about the fake interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

I’m moderately to severely deaf and wear hearing aids. I use sign language interpreters, lipspeakers or palantypists.

To find a job you love, think about what you enjoy most Gain as much experience as possible. Work hard and keep improving.

Nothing happens overnight!

Charlie Swinbourne