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Caroline Bird

About Caroline Bird

Caroline is a playwright and poet. Her new play RED ELLEN (**** The Times, The Stage, The Guardian), about the labour politician Ellen Wilkinson, recently finished a run at Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse, Edinburgh Lyceum and York Theatre Royal in Spring 2022.

Caroline’s credits include THE IPHIGENIA QUARTET (Gate Theatre), THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (Northern Stage), CHAMBER PIECE (Lyric Hammersmith and on tour, as part of their SECRET THEATRE season), THE TROJAN WOMEN (Gate Theatre), SIXTY-SIX BOOKS (Bush Theatre).

Caroline was one of ten finalists for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2014. She was also shortlisted for Most Promising New Playwright at the Off-West-End Awards in 2013 and for the Shell Woman of the Future Awards in 2011.

In 2011 Caroline was invited to take part in SIXTY-SIX BOOKS by the Bush Theatre. She wrote a piece inspired by Leviticus, directed by Peter Gill.

Caroline began writing plays as a teenager and was the youngest ever member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme, tutored by Simon Stephens.

Caroline is also an award-winning poet, with four poetry collections published by Carcanet Press. She was named one of the five official poets at London Olympics 2012 and in 2020 Caroline was awarded the prestigious Forward Prize for her sixth poetry collection THE AIR YEAR.  Previous collections have been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and Ted Hughes Award.

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