After being short-listed in a BBC script writing competition William Dean Ford continued to pursue writing. The last ten years have seen him…
* Helping devise a play with Forum Theatre group
Streetwhys and acting in it during a ‘tour’ of more than two dozen schools in Cardiff, South Wales
* Attending a comedy writing course run by poet/playwright/performer/educator Susan Richardson, which helped set him on the road to subsequently being part of the writing team
for short-lived HTV Wales sketch comedy show Crunch
* Representing Cardiff at an ‘inter-city’ poetry slam held in Bristol during the build up to the selection
of the 2008 UK City of Culture. William teamed up with Susan Richardson for this event (at her
request after he contributed to her City of Culture project The Great Cardiff Poem and performing
at its launch event).
* Taking part in more poetry slams and poetry reading events, through these experimenting with
his delivery, including acapella singing for Father of the Bride which saw him being chased around
the performance area by Adam Foreman, at that time wielding an imaginary chainsaw (as part of
his role in playing all the disapproving and potential future disapproving father-in-law characters
referred to in the piece).
* Joining Progress Cymru theatre group (Cardiff) and directing the play Who is John Doe? by Fritz
O’Skennick (then subsequently taking the cover photo for the novella version of the play).
* Forming Dojo with Fritz and Adam Foreman after Progress Cymru came to an end, so that
collaborative projects could continue in parallel with individual projects.
* Writing in various forms, including the first joint Dojo piece Smells Like Christmas Spirit with
Adam and Fritz (and directing and appearing in it); various scripts for potential short films; short stories for a ‘collection in progress’; notes for a supernaturally themed film script and occasional jottings for a ridiculous (in a good way) novel called The Wit and Wisdom of Wan Doom Fook.
* Spending a couple of years contributing book and music reviews on a monthly basis to Cardiff’s
Buzz magazine. As a reliable contributor, William was occasionally asked to assist with writing
features. This sometimes involved interviewing featured artists, including award winning horror
writer Tim Lebbon and comedy production company Zeitgeist (via whom he made the contacts
that led to the chance to wrote for the aforementioned Crunch).
Cupid’s Evil Twin and The Coward is William’s first published collection.
Addendum: Since October 2010 I have taken part in several spoken word events (some open mic and the Lyrical Design poetry slam in which I made the final three). The period a few months before last October, and until the end of this month has also included the creation, writing (and part improvising during production), directing and photographing the stills for an animated homage to silent films with the other two members of Dojo, Adam and Fritz.
At the last 'Unemployed Daytime disco' I performed my first attempt at stand up comedy, featuring various impressions and styles of comedy including parody, satire, verse and observational. Will be making my second attempt at the next UDD (number 7) later this month, and am currently putting together the material for that.
After growing up in care, my formal education came to an end with a decision to drop out of a degree course that prompted foster parents to say I therefore had no home to return to. So I have no formal training in any creative pursuits, having being doing my very best to simply keep myself fed and with somewhere to live, given the absence of any support network whatsoever after leaving the care system. It is only really since last October and returning to try performance poetry again that I have started to develop the self esteem required to make a go of performing.
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