Multi-award winning screenwriter, producer and playwright Heidi Thomas visited Edge Hill to share her experiences of working in film and television with students.

Heidi received an Honorary Doctorate for Literature from the University in 2013 and was keen to return to speak to students and see the recent developments on campus.

Dubbed the ‘Queen of primetime TV drama’ and best known as the creator of the high-profile BBC TV series Call the Midwife and for her TV adaptation of the classic novel Little Women, Heidi was in conversation with Edge Hill’s Professor Roger Shannon, discussing her writing and producing career in the context of women in film and TV, as well the centenary of women’s suffrage.

As well as chatting to media students, Heidi also visited the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care to talk to midwifery research students and staff working at the frontiers of modern midwifery.

“I absolutely loved spending time with the ladies of the midwifery department,” said Heidi. “It was fascinating to see the way modern technology constantly updates the University’s training techniques, and to learn about new areas of research. But above all else, it was just lovely to reflect on how the core values of midwifery never change – skill, sensitivity, and good communication are as important today as they were in the Call The Midwife era. They are a tremendous group of women and made me feel very proud of my association with Edge Hill.”