Jennifer Davidson named new Chair of the Writers Guild of Ireland
Today the Writers Guild of Ireland announced the election of its new Chair, Jennifer Davidson. A member of the board since 2015, and more recently its Deputy Chair, Jennifer takes over from outgoing Chair, Thomas McLaughlin. The Writers Guild of Ireland is the representative body for Irish writers for screen, stage and radio, with a membership of 568.
From North Mayo, Jennifer is an experienced TV drama writer and a core member of the writing team on RTE’s Fair City since 2012. To date in her work with the Guild, she has been heavily involved in the Equality Action Committee, the ZeBBie Awards, and has represented the Guild as a panellist at the World Conference of Screenwriters in Berlin in 2018.
It’s a strange time to be taking over in the middle of this COVID pandemic. In some ways it feels like as a writing community we are more isolated than we have been before. But I also believe that more than ever, the Guild is important as a voice for writers. As Chair, I will lead the board of the Guild, but ultimately, my role (and that of the Guild) is to serve the membership. I want WGI to be a Guild that is member-focused, that has a proactive voice in the industry, and above all, that provides a sense of community and collaboration for all writers, across Film, Television, Theatre and Radio, and centres writers as the key creative voice at the heart of every production.
Scannain wishes Jennifer the very best in her new role. Scannain editor Niall Murphy is a member of the WGI.