A Castle In England is a graphic novel inspired by events and artifacts found at Scotney Castle. Jamie spent three months as Writer in Residence at the National Trust’s Scotney Castle in Kent, working with the castle archivists to find unusual archive material around which to create 5 short graphic fiction scripts. He is the project lead and main writer, and is collaborating with the National Trust, Arts Council England, Nobrow, and six artists in the creation and production of this graphic novel.
Chapters from A Castle In England
A Castle in England
About Jamie Rhodes
Jamie Rhodes is a London based writer working in screen, prose, and comics. He studied Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he focused on Heideggarian studies and Phenomenology.
He trained as a script reader through Northwest Vision & Media, regional screen agency for the Northwest, and co-founded the filmmaking collective, Donkey Stone Films, at the Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham. There he wrote short films under commission and taught screenwriting in schools, community groups, and homeless shelters.
In 2011 he won IdeasTap funding to launch The Homeless Film Festival, and registered this project as a charity. He was chair of the charity until 2013, stepping down to focus on his writing career, though he continues to work with marginalised people through St. Mungo’s Recovery College as a tutor in creative writing and screenwriting.
Jamie has been supported by: EM Media, IdeasTap, Arvon Foundation, Spread the Word, and the Arts Council England. His largest grant to date came from Arts Council England, to work with the British Library writing a collection of stories inspired by unusual documents in the library archives. The collection, Dead Men’s Teeth, launched at the British Library in 2014.
Previous work and projects
Dead Men’s Teeth
“In Dead Men’s Teeth and Other Stories Jamie Rhodes has mined and minted gold from the British Library Archives. Inspired by sources as various as a ship’s surgeon’s log, verbatim interviews, diaries or even advertisements for false teeth, Rhodes gives us glimpses into unexpected places, the forgotten corners of history, in stories told with the authentic weirdness of truth; touching, quirky and human.” – Olivia Hetreed, BAFTA nominated screenwriter of Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Wuthering Heights (2011 film). President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.
Jamie is currently shadowing the Editor-in-Chief of Northern Earth magazine, with a view to take over the role in 2017. He is on the lookout for like-minded people who might be interested in joining his team or contributing to the magazine in some way.
Northern Earth takes a broad-based ‘earth mysteries’ or neo-antiquarian approach, looking at historical and contemporary cultural and geographical environments free from agendas or beliefs.
Over ten years, I have developed a large selection of worksheets and exercises to suit specific audiences in terms of age, ability and desired outcomes. I felt the time had come to offer these worksheets publicly in one simple pack, grouped according to the particular writing elements they are designed to address. I hope you find them useful.
The exercises do not need to be followed in any particular order, and not every exercise in each section will appeal to every writer. Everybody works in different ways, but it is my intention that the exercises should be diverse enough in their approach that there is something in each section for every writer.