Matthew is a screen writer, playwright and poet from the northwest of England.
After winning the 2005 John Hartley award for poetry Matthew’s first play ‘Arrows’ was a winner of the ‘Willy Russell Foundation Award’ for best new script. His next ‘A Dog Called Redemption’ won the Manchester Evening News award for best new play and the Oscar Wilde Award for excellence at the Dublin Theatre festival. His latest play ‘A Sea Wind Screams’ is a disturbing exploration of the creeping misogyny in British society.
In 2015 he was commissioned to write the first episode of his TV thriller ‘INNOCENT’ by Big Talk Productions, about an affair which ignites growing racial tensions in inner city Salford. Twockers, a series about female car thieves set against the urban decay of brexit Britain is currently in development with Blue Bear Productions. ‘Rusholme Raj’ his comedy drama set in Manchester’s curry mile has just been optioned by Hat Trick Productions. Matthew was also co writer of ‘Prospects’ a drama/reality project for Avalon that combined real east London boxers with actors in a twist on the reality format.
Matthew is an associate of the Listeners project; an artistic collective who create short films and poems in soon to be demolished buildings as seen on CNN and featured in the Evening Standard. His film ‘The Porter’, inspired by the poem of the same name was one of the last films to be shot in the old BBC studios in White City.