I see so many out-of-date biogs about me all over the place, here’s three I know are up to date.
a writing biog :
Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels including her latest, The Purple Shroud. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both long-listed for the Orange Prize. She has written ten plays and over fifty short stories, including several for BBC Radio 4. Her collected stories are published by Salt in Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined. She won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2002 (Martha Grace) and 2013 (Come Away With Me), and Stonewall Writer of the Year in 2008 (The Room of Lost Things) and 2010 (Theodora). She wrote and presented the BBC4 documentary How to Write a Mills and Boon and has reviewed for The Review Show (BBC2), Front Row (BBCRadio4) and written articles for most major newspapers in the UK. In addition to her writing work she is an theatre director and performer. She is currently working on a new stage play for Three Legged Theatre.
a theatre/performance biog :
Stella Duffy directed Murder, Marple and Me (Gilded Balloon, UK tour, Ambassadors, NYC Fringe), MAIROULA (The Storey, Lancaster), Live – Celebration (Live Theatre, Newcastle). For Shaky Isles she has directed Expectations (Pleasance Islington), Ordinary Darkness (Hen and Chickens, London), TaniwhaThames (OvalHouse, London), My Inner Orc (Pleasance Islington), Skin Tight (Pleasance Islington & Riverside, London), Kikia to Poa (Pacific Playhouse, London), Precious Things (Pacific Playhouse, London). She also directed Cell Sell at the Soho Theatre for the NYT and The Seduction of Ms Sarah Hart at OvalHouse for Kindred Spirits. She is an Associate Artist with Improbable, Artistic Director of Shaky Isles, and a member of impro comedy company Spontaneous Combustion since 1988. Her solo show Breaststrokes was Time Out and Guardian Critic’s Choice. She has also written thirteen novels, over fifty short stories, ten plays, and many articles and reviews. She was the founder and convenor of The Chaosbaby Project a large-scale multi-disciplinary Open Space theatre work, created in Open Space by 60 theatremakers ranging in ages from 17 to 70. She is the founder and Co-Director of the Fun Palaces Campaign, a series of Fun Palaces across the UK and beyond, engendering, celebrating and enabling public engagement in the arts and sciences on a community and local basis, and commemorating Joan Littlewood’s centenary on 4/5 October 2014. The next Fun Palaces weekend is 3/4 October 2015.
a Fun Palaces biog :
Stella Duffy is the Founder and Co-Director of Fun Palaces. Stella has worked in theatre for over 30 years as an actor, director, playwright, facilitator and workshop leader. She is an award-winning writer with over fifty short stories, ten plays, and thirteen novels published in fifteen languages. She regularly writes about the arts, women’s, LGBT and cancer-related issues. From 2010-2013 she led the Chaosbaby Project, a multi-disciplinary arts project made by 30 artists, ages 17-70, working together in Open Space over three years to create The Chaosbaby show. She is an Associate Artist with Improbable and the Artistic Director of Shaky Isles Theatre.
Fun Palaces is a campaign to enable greater access for all to arts and sciences, with an annual event every October, locally-led and community-driven. In 2014, 138 locations and venues took part in Fun Palaces across the UK. 3181 people, most of them volunteers, were involved in creating their own Fun Palaces, and 60,000 people attended as participants. Fun Palaces are free, local, innovative, transformative and engaging – anyone and everyone is encouraged to get involved and create their own, and we welcome all interest.