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Stella Duffy doing this instead of writing …


I see so many out-of-date biogs about me all over the place, here’s three I know are up to date.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 fifteen novels including her latest, The Hidden Room, which Virago will publish in the UK in July 2017. She has written and devised fourteen plays and over sixty 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). Her novels The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were long-listed for the Orange Prize. HBO have optioned her two Theodora novels (Theodora and The Purple Shroud) 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 and Saturday Review (BBCRadio4) and written articles for most major newspapers in the UK. She has been commissioned by the Ngaio Marsh Estate and Harper Collins to Money in the Morgue, a novel started and abandoned by Dame Ngaio Marsh in the 1940s. She is completing the book based on the three (incomplete) first chapters and the few notes left by Marsh. In addition to her writing work she is a theatre director and performer. Her latest theatre commission is The Matilda Effect, a play about women in science,  for Three Legged Theatre. She is the founder and Co-Director of the Fun Palaces Campaign. She was awarded the OBE for Services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016.

a theatre/performance biog :
Stella Duffy directed Murder, Marple and Me (Gilded Balloon, UK tour, Ambassadors, NYC Fringe), M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A (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 a member of Improbable’s Lifegame company. She has been a core member of impro comedy company Spontaneous Combustion since 1988. Her solo show Breaststrokes was Time Out and Guardian Critic’s Choice. 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 also a writer and the founder and Co-Director of the Fun Palaces Campaign. She was awarded the OBE for Services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016.

a Fun Palaces biog :
Fun Palaces is an international and hyper-local campaign for community-led participation in all culture, supporting  greater access for all to arts and sciences, with an annual weekend of action every October. Fun Palaces believe in everyone an artist, everyone a scientist, and that the best people to create and share a local community’s culture are the people of that community itself. Over two weekends in 2014 and 2015, 280 locations and venues took part in Fun Palaces across the UK and internationally, 5262 people were involved in creating locally-led Fun Palaces, and 90,000 people took part. In 2016 there were 292 Fun Palaces in 9 nations (the majority in the UK and 85% out of London), made by 4800 local Makers, with 124,000 people taking part. The next Fun Palaces weekend is 7 & 8 October 2017.

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