Literary manager at the Finborough Theatre, this award-winning Irish writer/ playwright’s work has been supported and developed by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Arts Council England. Sue’s most recent play Imaginationship had a sold-out, extended run at the Finborough Theatre in January 2018.
Her previous productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s work has also been performed at the Criterion, Arcola, Hackney Attic and Sterts theatres, and at festivals including the Claremorris Fringe (New Writing Award winner), the Brighton (Sussex Playwrights’ Award winner), the UEA Contemporary European Drama Festival, Norwich.
Radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm.
She has been a finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12, Eamon Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and Old Vic 12 New Voices.
Sue’s prose has won the the Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published widely. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from annual juried artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy.
A UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, Sue spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She recently submitted a PhD thesis on the Royal Court Theatre 1968-1975. She is an Associate Lecturer in Playwriting at the Universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, and tutors Creative Writing at CityLit.
Awards, Residencies and Bursaries:
2017 – Claremorris Fringe Award, Heinrich Boll writer-in-residence, FfWG grant, Francis W. Reckitt Arts Funding. Finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12.
2016 – Peggy Ramsay Foundation playwriting grant, Tyrone Guthrie Centre residency bursary, Arts Council England funding, BAI radio drama funding. Finalist for the Eamon Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and the Old Vic 12 New Voices.
2015 – BBC Opening Lines Award, Arte Studio Ginestrelle residency, BAI radio drama funding
2014 – University of Lincoln Ph.D. fees scholarship, BAI radio drama funding
2013 – Escalator Award, Arts Council England funding, Áras Eanna Inis Oirr writer-in-residence, BAI radio drama funding. Shortlisted for Shoreline International Screenplay Award
2012 – Meridian Short Story Prize
2011 – The Molly Keane Memorial Award, Sussex Playwrights’ Award, the HiSSAC Award
2010 – Ted O’Regan Arts Award bursary, Tyrone Guthrie Centre residency bursary
2009 – MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.