Felicity Fair Thompson has an MA in Screenwriting UAL. She is a writer, writing tutor and film maker and she lives on the Isle of Wight. Her documentary Carisbrooke Castle was broadcast on SKY TV and three of her other fourteen travel films made for the retail market were shown on Australian television.
She has taught Creative Writing for Screen South, Connexions, Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight College, and alongside Sir Andrew Motion for the Bi-centenary celebrations for Alfred, Lord Tennyson, as well as guiding young writers with learning difficulties, and teaching writing independently.
Her published writing includes three children’s stories, an EU funded community play, theatre reviews, personality profiles, award winning poetry, scenic travel features, and three novels: Hold Tight her latest novel, Cutting In which was Top 3 Finalist in the Beryl Bainbridge Award People’s Book Prize and The Kid on Slapton Beach which has received rave reviews.
Exit the King, about King Charles I, performed at the 2017 Ventnor Isle of Wight Fringe Festival, and in January 2018 at Carisbrooke Castle where the King had been imprisoned, was her first stage play.
Later in 2018 Felicity co-wrote two new stage plays:
Voices over Passchendaele performed at Northwood House on the Isle of Wight over the November Armistice weekend, about the first use of ground to air wireless in the aeroplanes over the battlefield and marking 100 years since the end of WWI.
The Power Behind the Microphone about the beginnings of radio in Chelmsford, and Marconi, features the moment in 1920 when the opera star Dame Nellie Melba sang on the wireless, the first world-wide radio broadcast ever. The play was due to mark that centenary and be performed at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford, but from it instead came a short, streamed presentation of the main scene with Anna Steiger as Melba, to mark the moment on 15th June 2020.
Felicity’s novel Cutting In was re-published February 2021. Like all her novels you can buy it online or from your favourite book shop or go to our SHOP to order it direct.
Felicity’s new children’s book Grandpa’s Dear Old Girl, with illustrations by the artist Carolyn Pavey, was published in September 2021 by Beachy Books. See more:
Buy it worldwide from your favourite book seller. ISBN 978-1-9997283-8-0
Felicity’s short film script Cat’s Cradle won the Bronze prize in Film Expo South Short Film Scriptwriting Competition 2022, and Quarter, Semi and Finalist in three more International Festivals in 2023. Her script On That Beach adapted from her novel The Kid on Slapton Beach was semi-finalist in the Miami Screenplay Awards May 2023, then Finalist, and Award winner in three more International Film Festivals. Her script Making News has won two Awards in 2023 in International Film Festivals.
The Lights of Leicester Square – The Golden Years of Cinema Felicity’s memoir about her years working in the Odeon and Leicester Square Theatres. Felicity was the first woman in Rank’s West End Cinema Front of House management, surrounded by huge crowds of cinema enthusiasts, press and media buzz, and all the Royal family. Movie stars, the rich and famous – and big business, very big business! This glossy hardback has over 150 fabulous photographs and a Foreword by Michael Grade. Don’t miss out! Go online to your favourite book shop to order. Go to our SHOP here to order it direct.
See the interview for BBC South Today 6.30pm News 1st April 2022