Gorleston creative writer speaks about his debut novel

Jonnie Bayfield, from Gorleston. Picture: submitted

Jonnie Bayfield, from Gorleston. Picture: submitted - Credit: Archant

A creative writer has appeared on a Sky television show to speak about his fictionalised Gorleston.

Jonnie Bayfield, who grew up in the town, appeared on the South Bank Show on Sky Arts last week.

The show is still available to watch on demand until August 8.

Interviewed by the show's presenter Lord Melvyn Bragg, the 23-year-old talks about his debut novel Pleasureland.

Last year, Mr Bayfield was awarded £30,000 after he was selected to win a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. This has allowed him to write the book which is about his experiences growing up in the coastal resort, but set in a fictional and futuristic version of a dying landscape.


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Mr Bayfield said: 'It was a great experience to appear on the show.

'I was interviewed by Melvyn who has been a great supporter of my work. As part of the show we had Sky camera crews come down to Great Yarmouth to film a video of me talking about my novel and walking by the Pleasure Beach which was surreal.

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'The scholarship has been extremely helpful. Not only have I met a bunch of other great artists, but Sky has also introduced me to production companies, writers and other useful and successful figures.'

Mr Bayfield was one of five people chosen to receive the prestigious Sky scholarship.

The prize has given him the free time to put all of his efforts into writing.

As well as a writer he is also a comedian and actor. His novel is to be accompanied by a performance entitled 'ecosystem' merging his writing and performing talents.

He said: 'Ecosystem will be the show, a kind of complimentary piece but not directly linked.

'I am currently making good progress with the book. I am just looking into what avenue is the best way to go about publishing it.'

To get the latest information on his progress, follow Mr Bayfield on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jonniebayfield

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