Austin Hawkins

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Austin lives in the South West of England. He first took to writing in the 1960‘s to provide press release copy and magazine articles for the art gallery business in which he was a partner. This led to invitations to contribute editorial about maritime artists and boat builders for Classic Boat, and later for The Boatman for which he also wrote book reviews and developed his own regular column.

In the 1980’s Austin wrote the biography of celebrated maritime artist John Chancellor for the David and Charles title, “ The Maritime Paintings of John Chancellor” and made a substantial contribution to the follow up work, “The Classic Maritime Paintings of John Chancellor.” He continued to write press copy for PR and art exhibitions which were published as editorial in magazines such as The Tatler.

In later life Austin started “dabbling” in fiction which led him to write the monologue
Moving On for a video production by his local theatre company. He adapted it for the stage as one of a trilogy of monologues, under the title Going Solo. Moving On was runner up in the Somerset Drama Festival 2013 for one act plays and also selected as one of three scripts being produced on stage for the Festival. The Going Solo trilogy was produced on stage in Gloucestershire, and the second title Moving Aside was later to win an award for original writing when entered alone in a theatre festival.

Austin continues to write for stage or screen. His one act play “Dress Down Friday” was selected by TOADs Theatre Company Torquay for their 2013 entry in the All England Theatre Festivals and won through to the English Semi Finals. The script was runner up in the national ‘George Taylor Memorial Award for new one act plays. Two further one act plays followed as Austin developed the same theme, also winning awards in theatre competitions.

His first three act play Legacy is a dramatisation of the letters of Thomas Manning, a domestic servant in the late 1930‘s. Legacy evokes the social and class structure of small town England in the thirties, the growing anxieties leading up to the Second World War, entwined with the poignant tale of personal good fortune and follies of Thomas Manning.

Austin is currently developing a further three act play, ‘Two Sisters”. (working title)

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