Pete Jordi Wood is a writer and illustrator. He was born in Havering, East London, raised in Essex, and now Cornwall is his home. He is gay, has a disability, and lives in social housing. Growing up as a young and later young adult carer, he sometimes lived in the care of other families during periods that his single-parent was hospitalised. As an adult, he often draws on themes relating to Care Leavers, Young Carers and Mental Health in his writing.
Pete is currently working on a commission to develop three new television pilots for British producer George Faber’s company, The Forge Entertainment. In the UK he is represented as a screenwriter and playwright by Giles Smart at United Agents and as an author by Caroline Michel at the Peters, Fraser and Dunlop agency. He has recently completed a debut novel, “The After Wards”, and is actively looking for a publisher.
After graduating as a mature student from Falmouth University, where he studied a BA degree in Animation, Pete was one of seven writers chosen to write a single drama / short film for Channel 4 as part of its “Coming Up” television series. His screenplay, “I Don’t Care”, was produced by Channel 4, starring Iwan Rheon and Paloma Faith. Having received full publishing rights, he has since adapted the screenplay as a 10,000 word prose fiction work which he is hoping to publish as a small book.
Pete has since been commissioned to write original pilots for BBC Three and E4. He was a recipient of The John Brabourne Award, which supports British screenwriters from low income households during periods of financial hardship.
Pete spent time in the writers rooms for drama series including “Shameless” (Channel 4) and “EastEnders” (BBC One), writing an episode of the latter in 2014. He reached the final of the BBC’s iPlayer Shorts contest, winning a script commission. Under commission to the BBC Writersroom, his radio play, “Lifted”, transmitted on BBC Radio 3, starring Chelsee Healey. His plays have been shortlisted for awards including the Old Vic 12, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Perfect Pitch, the Nick Darke award, and the Verity Bargate award.
Pete is continuing his studies part-time, working towards an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice at Falmouth University. He has also worked as a visiting lecturer at the University, teaching seminars and delivering lectures on screenwriting to students from the School of Film and Television. He is creating a website to showcase his illustration work also, which will launch in the near future. Attitude Magazine listed Pete as one of its “Inspirational Brits”.