I see so many out-of-date biogs about me all over the place, here’s three I know are up to date.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 fourteen novels including her latest, London Lies Beneath which Virago will publish in November 2016. 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). HBO have optioned her two Theodora novels for a TV series. 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 a theatre director and performer. Her latest commission is The Matilda Effect, a play about women in science,  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, and with 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 fourteen 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. The next Fun Palaces weekend is 1 & 2 October 2016.

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 fourteen novels published in fifteen languages. 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.
Fun Palaces is a locally-led campaign for community, enabling  greater access for all to arts and sciences, with an annual event every October. Over two weekends in 2014 and 2015, 280 locations and venues took part in Fun Palaces across the UK and internationally. 5262 people, many of them volunteers, were involved in creating their own Fun Palaces, and 90,000 people took part. 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.


  1. […] least not in our country. In the UK, the extraordinary Stella Duffy has bravely and boldly continued to raise questions on this front and I am intensely grateful for […]

  2. Hi there Stella,

    So are you like from the Antipodes or …. ? :)

  3. I was born in London, grew up in New Zealand, and have lived back in London for the past 27 years. Half and half.

  4. […] codirectrice la campagne Fun Palaces qui a pour but de rendre les arts accessibles à plus de gens, Stella Duffy, formule quatre recommandations pour atténuer ce décalage […]

  5. […] together arts and sciences, free and fun, linked by the digital Fun Palace website. Co-Director Stella Duffyis the 21st century force behind all this. Stella writes: “One of the main things we’ve always […]

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