Patrick Nash, author of the Short Films: Writing the Screenplay Creative Essential recently won a City & Guilds’ Lion Award. Nash was named Lifelong Learner of the Year, making him one of just fourteen recipients to win a Lion Award.

Now in its tenth year, the Lion Awards ceremony was held at London’s Roundhouse. It celebrates the country’s most inspiring achievers who have accomplished extraordinary results through practical learning. The ceremony is the culmination of the coveted Medals for Excellence regional awards programme, which has run every year since 1879. Patrick won the City & Guilds Medal of Excellence for his work on a Diploma in Media and Film in 2010-11 at the Nerve Centre in Derry. It was a very practical course for which he had to write, direct, produce, edit and work technically on a range of short film dramas, music videos, commercials, promos, news packages, interviews and a range of other filmmaking assignments.

After working in a factory for over twenty years, Patrick took voluntary redundancy and decided to pursue his dreams of becoming a scriptwriter. Since taking this change in career direction, he has been committed to developing his talents so that he can succeed and excel in his field. He won the Lion award for his work toward his Level 3 Diploma in Media Techniques, taken at Nerve Centre.

Speaking about his win, Patrick said:

‘Winning a Lion Award is totally unexpected, but feels brilliant and really rewarding for all the work I put in during the course. It’s a real confidence boost to my career aspirations and a welcome recognition of my abilities and talents. The course really gave me a chance to show what I can do, and the award is the icing on the cake.’

Patrick was presented with his award by star of The One Show and Strictly Come Dancing, Alex Jones.