Stella Duffy
Stella Duffy is an award-winning writer with over fifty short stories, ten plays, and thirteen novels published in fifteen languages. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both longlisted for the Orange Prize, and she has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year. She adapted her novel State of Happiness for feature film with Zentropa/Fiesta, and HBO have optioned her Theodora novels for TV. She has twice won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2002 and 2013. Her collected short stories, Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined and her Doctor Who novella Doctor Who – Anti-Hero were published in 2014. She has worked in theatre for over 30 years as an actor, director, playwright, facilitator and workshop leader.

She is the Co-Director of Fun Palaces. Fun Palaces is the campaign for community cohesion and individual empowerment through the community-led creation of arts and sciences events every October. Fun Palaces are free, local, innovative, transformative and engaging – anyone and everyone is encouraged to get involved and create their own neighbourhood Fun Palace, we welcome all interest, and we believe in the genius in everyone – everyone an artist, everyone a scientist.

Entries by Stella Duffy

Fun Palaces - Society as Community

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 7:00 PM

In October 2014 we held our Fun Palaces pilot - 138 local communities, organisations and venues across the UK and beyond created free and local public events using arts and sciences. Crucially, these events were created and curated by 3,183 Fun Palaces Makers - many of them neither arts nor...

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Writer Wednesday: Do You Need A Sympathetic Heroine In Your Novel?

(8) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 3:11 PM

I'm not sure when the 'sympathetic character' became a necessity for modern authors. Certainly the Brontës didn't feel constantly pressured to write sympathetic characters, or they'd never have got away with Mr. Rochester (a bigamist bully with an ex-wife locked away in the attic) or Heathcliff (basically a stalker, albeit...

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