Frank Hill

I grew up in 1950s Salford. The family home was a terraced house in a street that visitors nicknamed Coronation Street. I left school in 1966 and started work at a local textile mill as a laboratory assistant, testing the products made on the factory floor.

After several years I decided to do something more challenging and resigned. I went to Manchester Polytechnic and trained to be a primary school teacher, qualifying in 1975. My first teaching post was with Oldham Education Authority, and I stayed with them for the rest of my teaching career.

I had spent twenty-seven years teaching children to write, and when I retired decided to see if I could actually do it myself. I got involved with a couple of writing groups and began a course with The Open College of Arts. I had a few small pieces published and joined a play writing class at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. I recently had my first novel published; a murder mystery title ‘Education, Education, Murder’. I noticed Dream Reality Media’s radio drama project, and thought it would be a great opportunity to explore radio production and develop my script writing skills further.

  • SAM: Listen to your dad love. He knows.
    Extract from ‘Dave’s Murder Mile’ by Lyn Towers
  • ALBERT: (Clears his throat) Testing, testing, one two, three, testing. This is Albert higginbottom addressing the nation. (Sings) I left my heart, in San Francisco, high on a hill, it calls to me…
    Extract from ‘Albert’ by Janice Sampson
  • DARCY: I’m Darcy, and I’m sure that’s a charming little tale but maybe we could save it for another time or for someone who’s actually interested in the banalities of your life.
    Extract from ‘Followers’ by Ruby Clarke
  • CHARLIE: Don’t panic. I won’t be sleeping much either. I suppose you could say I’m in here because of William Shakespeare – and a woman.
    Extract from ‘King of the Castles’ by Frank Hill
  • TARIQ: Oi! Stop being disrespectful! Just because you speak ‘English’ so properly - you can’t speak Punjabi so good though do you, eh?
    Extract from ‘When George Came to Bradford by Nuzhat Ali
  • Aged 21 she gave in and tried it becoming addicted within weeks. It was in fashion, everybody did it
    Extract from ‘The Smoking Companion’ by Joleen White
  • The emphasis is the song ‘Abrokyire Abrabo’ what it meant to the band – their peerage and what it means to them now
    ‘High Life ‘ by Joseph-Israel