Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards celebrates virtual awards on November 26th
Now in their 13th year, the Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards are always a high point of the year, celebrating the very best in scriptwriting talent across stage, screen and radio. Named in honour of O.Z (Zebby) Whitehead, and presented each year by Senator David Norris, the awards are voted for by members of the Guild. The 2020 ZeBBie Awards recognise the best scripts that were written and produced in 2019.
Taking the traditional ceremony and moving it online has been a labour of love for the WGI team. The Guild has worked hard to retain the atmosphere and heart of the ceremony as it gets reimagined in an online space. According to WGI Chair Jennifer Davidson, this year more than ever it is important that we celebrate the talent and resilience of Irish writers.
2020 has been an incredibly difficult one for all artists, but we have also been reminded of how important the arts are to our collective well-being, and the central role that writing plays in the films, television, theatre and radio that we consume. All too often the writer, the person at the creative heart of a project, gets overlooked or relegated to the ‘earlier this evening’ section of awards ceremonies. With the ZeBBie Awards, we put writers where they belong, firmly front and centre.
Jennifer Davidson, Chair – Writers’ Guild of Ireland
Normally the Awards are exclusively for writers , but this year, everyone will get the chance to tune in and join in celebrating the best in Irish writing talent. The 2020 ZeBBie Awards will be broadcast as a premiere on the Writers’ Guild of Ireland YouTube Channel at 8pm on Thursday November 26th.
This year’s nominations include:
The Alternative by Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney
Removed by Fionnuala Kennedy
A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe by Dominic Montague
Facing The Music by Karl O’Neill
You’d Better Sit Down by Nyree Yergainharsian
Mr Sun by Gillian Grattan
A Bump Along the Way by Tess McGowan
Ordinary Love by Owen McCafferty
Extra Ordinary by Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman, Maeve Higgins, Demian Fox
In Orbit by Katie McNeice
Sister This by Tracy Martin
Ciúnas by Tristan Heanue
Derry Girls Series 2 Episode 6 by Lisa McGee
This Way Up Series 1 Episode 6 by Aisling Bea
Catastrophe Series 4 Episode 6 by Sharon Horgan (and Rob Delaney)