Peter Salisbury

Dramatist, Screenwriter
Creative Writing Workshop, Drama Workshop
Age Group
7 - 10, 11-15, 16 - 18
Primary, Post Primary
Works in English ONLY
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Mornings, Afternoons

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

Cinematographer, Teacher


Emigrant Song (2018), No. 11’s Last Voyage (2016), Poetry from the Wall (2015), Look, No Cows! (2014), Scenes from the Ballindoon Café (2013), An Angel’s Day Out (1998)



Feature film screenplays: Aileen’s Wave, Flora, The Seamstress

Short screenplays: Wildflower, Night Shift, Emigrant Song

Stories allow us to transcend time and place, shape our perspective on what it means to be human. When you enter a story, something magical happens, and for me entering a story on screen is where the greatest magic of all happens.

I'm a screenwriter and filmmaker with a lifelong passion for cinematic storytelling. I grew up in Chester, England, where my interest in theatre and film began in school drama productions. As a teenager, I was a member of Cheshire-based theatre company The Gauntlet Theatre Workshop and Chester Gateway Theatre youth drama group. I studied drama at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, and film directing at the Irish Film School in Dublin with Oscar-nominated film director John Boorman.

While at university, I wrote two plays and directed several theatre productions, including Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, Krapp’s Last Tape and Rockaby by Samuel Beckett, and The Investigation by Peter Weiss, which enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I have worked extensively as a drama teacher in primary and secondary schools, teaching performing arts and film studies with Key Stage 3, GCSE and ‘A’ Level students in England and Ireland.

I am also a cinematographer and filmmaker with over 25 years filmmaking experience, including documentary, news and current affairs. My broadcast clients include BBC TV, Channel 4, TG4, UTV Ireland, TV5Monde (France), and Al Jazeera News. Corporate clients include Google, Nestle, Tourism Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Ethiopian Embassy in Dublin. I have made short films for the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Children’s Books Ireland, Clash Gaelic Games, DLR Lexicon, Mountains to Sea Literature Festival, the National Library of Ireland, and many more.

I have a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Falmouth University, graduating with distinction. My screenplays have been award winners and official selections at film festivals throughout the world, including France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, USA, Australia, India, Japan and Ireland.

I am a member of the Writers Guild of Ireland and Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA).

Session Details

I am currently offering Writers in Schools single visit workshops. These screenwriting workshops are suitable for primary and post-primary school groups, and available in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. 

Sessions can be divided into two shorter workshops for different class groups.

 Screenwriting (2 hours)

Hands-on screenwriting workshops, drawing upon children’s natural ability to create inspiring dramatic narratives. Through a wide range of cinematic techniques and conventions, students are guided through the screenwriting processes in their own personal quest for meaningful characters and stories. The results are often highly imaginative and striking short film scripts.

 Writer in Residence (8 x 1.5 hours)

I am also available for screenwriting workshops within the Writers in Residence scheme. These screenwriting sessions are developmental in approach, in which I work closely with a teacher and with the same group of students. One visit per week for up to 8 weeks, with each session being 1.5 hours.

Age Group Details

Primary and post-primary

Availability Details

Generally available & will travel.

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