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Afternoon Tea with Barney Norris

25 June @ 16:00 - 16:45 BST

Grab a cuppa and a join us for an online chat with Barney Norris as he shares a mini tour of his creative workspace, insights into what he’s currently working on, and how he’s been adapting to life and work online. Barney will talk about being a playwright and novelist, as well as the process of judging an SoA Award and being on the Scriptwriters Group committee.

Barney is a judge for our Somerset Maugham Awards and a Scriptwriters Group committee member. Hosted by Head of Prizes & Awards, Paula Johnson.


2 minutes – Welcome from Paula Johnson, SoA’s Head of Prizes & Awards

5-10 minutes – Introduction from Barney Norris with a short tour of his workspace and glimpse into his creative routine

10-15 minutes – Discussion about this year’s Somerset Maugham Awards

5 minutes – On being a playwright and novelist

5 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected

10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience

If you would like to send questions for Barney in advance, email Sophia Jackson with ‘Barney Norris – Question’ in the subject header.

The line-up 

Barney Norris – Somerset Maugham Award judge, Scriptwriters Group Committee Member, author, playwright

Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987. After leaving university he founded the touring theatre company Up in Arms with Alice Hamilton. His plays include Nightfall (The Bridge Theatre); While We’re Here (Up in Arms at the Bush and on tour); Echo’s End (Salisbury Playhouse); Eventide (Arcola and on tour); the acclaimed Visitors (Up in Arms, Arcola and on tour – Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and nominated for an Evening Standard Award). His short plays include Every You Every Me (Salisbury Playhouse and on tour); Fear of Music (Up in Arms and Out of Joint); and At First Sight (Up in Arms at Latitude Festival and on tour).

His novels Turning For Home and the bestselling Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain are published by Transworld. His non-fiction books The Wellspring: Conversations with David Owen Norris and To Bodies Gone: The Theatre of Peter Gill are published by Seren. He is a Martin Esslin playwright in residence at Keble College, Oxford.

Website: www.barneynorris.com | Twitter: @barnontherun

Thank you to the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) for supporting the SoA Awards.

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation started by writers for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity, ensure they receive fair payment and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. It represents over 100,000 members, and since 1977 has paid around £500 million to writers (alcs.co.uk).



25 June
16:00 - 16:45 BST
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