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Writer in Residence 2018/19 Announced, Live Theatre


Northumbria University and Live Theatre have announced that their next joint Writer in Residence as Chinonyerem Odimba, a playwright and poet who will work across both organisations from September 2018.

Chinonyerem Odimba was born in Nigerian and raised in London. She has been a writer on attachment for Bristol Old Vic and Clean Break Theatre, London and has written plays for the Arcola, Bristol Old Vic and Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle Theatre). She has written short playsScotch BonnetandA Blues for Niafor the BBC and her first radio play, written in collaboration,The Last Flagwas broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May this year.

 Chinonyerem won the Sonia Friedman Award (Channel 4 Playwright Bursary) 2018 and has also been shortlisted for the Adrienne Benham Award, the Alfred Fagon and the Bruntwood Playwriting Award.

Chinonyerem will start the dynamic and exciting twelve-month residency, in September working across both organisations, teaching on the Performing Arts courses at Northumbria, and leading writing projects at Live Theatre includingWrite Here, Write Now, a course for young writers of colour, and Live Theatre’s establishedBecome A Playwright playwriting course.

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