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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I see so many out-of-date biogs about me all over the place, here’s three I know are up to date.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 seventeen novels. Her latest is Lullaby Beach which will be published by Virago in February 2021. Money in the Morgue was published by HarperCollins in 2018, a novel started and abandoned by Dame Ngaio Marsh in the 1940s. Stella completed the book based on several (incomplete) early chapters and the few notes left by Marsh.
She has also written and devised fourteen plays and over seventy 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), Stonewall Writer of the Year in 2008 (The Room of Lost Things) and 2010 (Theodora), and the Diva Literary prize for Fiction in 2017 (London Lies Beneath). Her novels The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were long-listed for the Orange Prize. 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.
In addition to her writing work she has worked in theatre for over thirty five years. Her latest theatre commission is The Matilda Effect, a play about women in science,  for Three Legged Theatre. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Fun Palaces Campaign for community-led culture. Stella is a regular speaker and campaigner around LGBTQ, women’s and arts equality and inclusion issues. She was awarded the OBE for Services to the Arts in 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 co-founder and co-director of the Fun Palaces Campaign. Stella is a regular speaker and campaigner around LGBTQ, women’s and arts equality and inclusion issues. 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 with an emphasis on community-led cultural participation and 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. Since 2014 there have been 1758 Fun Palaces made by 39,000 local people with 562,000 participants. The next Fun Palaces weekend of action is 3rd & 4th October 2020.

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