Tommy Scouse is a fictional character, loosely based on a character in a play I wrote called ‘The Muddy Pool’, which was one of the winners of Windsor Marriott award for New Writing, judged by Fay Weldon and Nell Leyshon.   I wanted to make him more realistic, and to pull no punches – therefore I’ve created Tommy Scouse, in the view to developing him further down the line.

Please feel free to comment about the story, the character, Liverpool, or even your memories of it if you were brought up in the area.   I’m a big girl and will take the criticism on board! As long as it’s constructive!   If you’re familiar with the Liverpool docks, or you lived around that area, I would be particularly interested in hearing about your thoughts and memories.

If you want to email me directly rather than leave a comment on the site, my email address is jillygardiner@yahoo.co.uk

I have a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting, and I’ve had stage plays produced in London, Cambridge, Windsor, Swansea, and have recently had plays produced with the Lost Theatre Festival, London’s Off Cut Festival, and ADC Theatre‘s Write On Festival.  After spending 13 years in the broadcasting industry, I took voluntary redundancy to pursue a PGCE teacher training course to become a Post Compulsory Education teacher.  I have taught on the Film, Video and Scriptwriting modules at the Newport Film School, which is part of the University of Newport, as well as in local colleges and high schools, and I am currently a visiting lecturer in scriptwriting at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton.  But I endeavour to continue writing and getting my own material produced along the way!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep reading! It keeps me writing!



  1. Meg says:

    I absolutely adore Tommy Scouse! I felt so happy for him when he got his ‘brekkie’ in the cafe on his birthday. He has made me laugh out loud and put a little tear in my eye. Keep writing Jilly, cant wait for the next blog!! Fantastic.

  2. Amy Sefton says:

    I havn’t checked in forever but love it, love it, love it! Can’t wait to see your work @ Off Cut in Riverside studios next month, Amy x

  3. Shirley Anne says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog Jilly, yours looks very interesting. I can see how important your home town is to you, it’s the same for me too. The city itself has changed so much since I was a child but I remember lots of things about it from my early life, the overhead railway, trams, the town centre and frontage has changed dramatically over the years, in many ways for the better. I liked the ‘old’ city best. I’m thinking that ‘Tommy’ is not like all Scousers but typical of some…LOL……Certainly not like me at least!

    Shirley Anne xxx

    • scousepov says:

      Thanks Shirley! Yes Liverpool is still where my heart is – maybe more so because I don’t live there anymore, so I like to always have a connection. Yes Tommy isn’t ‘typical’ of young teenagers, but I look at him as a hard-doneby child, who still manages to survive despite his upbringing with an alcoholic mother and a life in and out of foster care (and a father in prison). His heart is always in the right place despite it all.
      Yes Liverpool has changed so much – almost unrecognisable on the waterfront isn’t it. I do feel it still has a warm heart though, with very friendly welcoming people 🙂

  4. JOnKEnna says:

    Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog; hope you’ll keep reading as I will yours. I live in Widnes and am often in Liverpool; love the place. Like you, I’m a writer and had my first novel published last year. I’m currently doing the second one (it’s hard!!) and would love to chat with you about writing and also about Liverpool. Happy Christmas!

    • scousepov says:

      Hi Jon – your blog is full of northern humour, and I love that. Congratulations with the new novel! Have you had that commissioned with the same publisher? Yes drop me a line on my email any time and we can have a gossip about Liverpool and the dreaded blank page :)! Merry Christmas to you too!

  5. judithatwood says:

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by http://www.diabeticredemption.com, and thanks for the like and the comment! I’ve just read your about page, and this blog really intrigues me. I’ll be following, although it may take me a couple of days to read the backstory in the archives. And many congratulations on the award!

    • scousepov says:

      Hi Judith,
      Your blog was very humorous – You stood up for yourself very well against the ‘grammar police’! 🙂
      Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoy. I’m afraid the grammar won’t be perfect (but then I have an excuse that Tommy is only 13 years old! Ha ha)
      I will keep up with your writing in Arkansas!

  6. MissNance says:

    Hi Jilly,

    I just wanted to stop by and return the love…thanks for stopping by. It seems as though life has brought you great success and you are blessed to do what you love daily! I look forward to reading more.

    Onward & Upward,:-)


    • scousepov says:

      Thanks Nancy,

      Life is way too stressful and crazy at the moment to love what I’m doing. Lol. But hopefully one day soon 🙂
      Keep up the youth work.. it is SO important! And very inspiring to read!

  7. judithatwood says:

    Thanks for the Like, Tommy, and for the visit to my blog. I’m glad to see you again — I followed for a while, but cut the emails down to weekly when I didn’t get many of them. I’m going back up to Daily, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll be writing. 😎

    • scousepov says:

      Hi Judith,
      A hectic life with not enough hours in a day can get in the way of writing poor Tommy sometimes – so I just don’t have the time to write as many posts as I’d like. But thanks for keeping with me – I’ll keep them coming as often as I can 🙂

  8. clownonfire says:

    Took me awhile to finally browse your blog, but it’s done.
    And it’s good. Which means I like it. Which basically means you should thank me.
    Le Clown

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