Barney Norris

b. 1987

Barney Norris was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Barney Norris founded the touring theatre company Up in Arms with the director Alice Hamilton. The company makes plays around the UK about people and the places they’re from. Barney’s plays for the company include Visitors, winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, Eventide and While We’re Here. For his theatre work, he has been named as one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners. He has written two novels, Turning for Home and Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain (winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize).

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RSL Literature Matters Awards 2019 – open for submissions


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