Audrey Gillan is an award-winning journalist who has held staff positions on publications that include the Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, Scotland on Sunday, the Herald and the Scotsman.

She was a senior reporter on the Guardian for 11 years but recently left to become a freelance journalist and scriptwriter. Her Guardian profile is here.


As well as her work with her full-time newspapers, Audrey has had pieces published in London Review of Books, the Mail on Sunday, Esquire magazine and the Los Angeles Times, amongst other publications.

In 2003, Audrey was an embedded war correspondent during the invasion of Iraq. She received the What the Papers Say Foreign Correspondent of the Year award for her reporting from the frontline, which you can read here and here.

Audrey was given a special commendation by the judges of the Martha Gellhorn Award for a piece questioning the reporting methods in the refugee camps of Macedonia in 1999, published by the London Review of Books.

In 1997 – then the chief reporter of Scotland on Sunday –  Audrey was the recipient of the coveted Laurence Stern Fellowship which saw her working at the Washington Post over the course of that summer, covering such stories as the murder of Gianni Versace in Miami and the 20th anniversary of Elvis’s death in Memphis. That same year she was commended in the Reporter of the Year category of the Bank of Scotland Press Awards. Audrey was also commended in the Catherine Pakenham award for young women journalists.

Audrey also writes about her great passions – food and travel – and is a regular contributor to Olive, National Geographic Traveller, The Guardian and The Telegraph. She rewrote The Wallpaper* City Guide to Glasgow which was published in 2013.

Audrey was selected for Creative Scotland’s new film development programme Accelerator for her feature FANATICAL, which is being produced by Synchronicity Films, with producers Claire Mundell and Wendy Griffin and executive producer Andrea Gibb. Audrey wrote LEGEND, a screenplay about an undercover cop infiltrating the protest movement, whilst on the Ch4 Screenwriters programme.

Her drama, SECURE, starring Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) and Jasmin Riggins (The Angel’s Share) was Radio 4’s Afternoon Play on January 30 2014. Her responsive drama for the R4 From Fact to Fiction strand will be broadcast on February 8 2014. Her first radio drama A FIRM HAND was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in February 2013. Audrey has also made three radio documentaries for Radio Scotland. Life is Sweeties, a documentary about her mother Christine’s career on the road, is here.

In 2007, ITV announced it had commissioned Audrey’s first television drama, EXPOSURE, about a female journalist embedded in the war in Iraq. The script had been developed by Tightrope Pictures, the production company of Paul Abbott and Hilary Bevan Jones. In spite of ITV putting up substantial funds, it proved difficult to raise the additional costs as it seemed at the time that war was not a subject the international distributors wished to tackle.

For further information on screenwriting you contact Audrey’s agent Julia Tyrrell at Julia Tyrrell Management or Audrey directly via the contact page on this site.

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