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Helpline

Your writing problems solved with advice from Diana Cambridge

Email your queries to Diana (please include home-town details) at: diana@dianacambridge.co.uk or send them to: Helpline, Writing Magazine, Warners Group Publications plc, 5th Floor, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JD. She will answer as many letters as she can on the page, but regrets that she cannot enter into individual correspondence. Publication of answers may take several months. Helpline cannot personally answer queries such as where to offer work, or comment on manuscripts, which you are asked not to send.

Q I’ve identified a series of events, in real life, that I’d love to develop into a radio drama. The events first came to light in 2008; one of the main ‘players’ died in 2012 but others are alive and well. Do I need permission, in whatever form, to work with a story like this? Or is there a way of telling it that means I can simply say ‘based on’ in the credits? And are there any other options I might be missing?

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