Stella Duffy

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 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 write 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 for cultural democracy. She was awarded the OBE for Services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016.

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