About Cecily

Cecily Bomberg has been teaching Creative Writing for ten years while continuing with her own work. She works and teaches in all genres.


Many of her poems have appeared in PEN, Arts Council Anthologies edited by Ted Hughes, Maureen Duffy, John Silkin, Alan Brownjohn, and Peter Redgrove. Others appeared in Miron Grindea’s ‘Adam International Review,’ Argo, the Antigonish Review. Her latest poem will appear in AMBIT this Autumn. Her short stories were published in Matrix, Adam International Review, and other small magazines.



Cecily began in the theatre, completing a two year course in acting and drama studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, later working as an actress in repertory.



In the 1990's, the then director of The Soho theatre Company, the playwright Tony Craze, read her short story 'Bandaged Words' and commissioned her to turn it into a play. In an introduction he said: 'Cecily is a real writer. Her work is inspired.'



At The Arvon Foundation course she attended lead by Paul Bailey and Salman Rushdie, another short story 'Moses Napoleon and the Queen of Swedenberg' came in for praise. At the end of the course, asked by one of the other writers which story he would most have liked to have written, Rushdie chose 'Moses Napoleon' adding: 'but I would have made it better.' Paul Bailey advised Cecily to turn it into a play.



The play was written a year later and was chosen with twelve others out of three thousand entries for The London Play Festival (American Director: Phil Setren ). Peter Marinker played in the title role. The play brought Cecily her first agent.



She has also co-written a film for television (working title) 'Jews, pass it on.' Set in a girl's boarding convent in post war England, it deals with polite anti-Semitism. The film script was admired by the BBC. But funds being low, it was dropped. She and her co-writer are still in discussion about its future.



Her second film script 'The House of Light.', which has already had Director interest shown in it, is written from a more comic point of view. It tells the story of a young girl's journey from a past that has left her with a confused identity, to a nervy young woman who, following her parents sudden death in The Middle East, finds herself thrust into that world, only to find herself questioning who she is once again. Cecily often (though not always) works 'humour through tragedy, tragedy through humour.' She believes something her father used to quote: 'Knock them dead with a feather, kid, not a hammer. With a feather they won't see you coming.' The film, however, poses serious questions, and has relevant undertones for all of us.



More short stories are in progress. She's working at present on a one-woman drama-comedy solo performance: "Down And Out In Chelsea".



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