Neil Fleming

Neil Fleming

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I am a playwright, screenwriter, poet, and theatre translator . Alongside my writing career I work as an editorial and strategy consultant to business media; as an energy markets consultant; as a software designer, database architect, coder, and web-designer; and as an occasional presenter and voice-over artist.

I am the co-writer of Unspeakably Wonderful, a film about the discovery of insulin, in development in 2017 with UK film company AngryMan Pictures.

I am the co-founder of UK theatre company Hydrocracker, where I am both the principal writer and general manager of the business. The company has an outstanding reputation for innovation and the creation of first-rate theatre in unusual ways and spaces. Most recently, in 2017, we have been receiving all-star reviews for our immersive theatre piece Operation Black Antler, a co-production with Blast Theory, about the ethics of undercover policing. The show debuted in 2016 at Brighton Festival, in Chatham in Kent, and in 2017 we brought it to Manchester HOME.

In 2014 we won a Brighton Argus Angel award for my Brighton Festival show Wild Justice - part of a project on revenge to include a full-length play, in development this year. The May 2014 event was a hybrid of theatre and public debate. Hydrocracker was The Guardian newspaper's "Pick of the Year" in 2007.

I also have an active career as a translator of German and French theatre.

I write poetry, and was the 2005 winner of the Kent & Sussex International Poetry competiton.

I have also written children's fiction for story collections published both by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.

I currently have no UK agent, but am represented in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland by publishers Per H Lauke Verlag.

From 1986 to 1997 I was a journalist, working as a general news reporter and war correspondent for United Press International in East Africa and Southern Africa, and then as a business journalist for McGraw-Hill Financial business Platts in the Middle East and London. From 1997 to 2002 I was global editorial vice-president of Platts, before resigning my position to pursue a career as a writer. From 2002 to 2008 I served as part-time vice-president of strategy and business development for Platts. Since 2009 I have worked as an independent consultant alongside my writing work, serving clients who include the International Energy Agency in Paris, African oil consultancy CITAC, and RELX Group's ICIS energy and chemicals information business. I also spent one year as interim Head of Content for ICIS.


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