RSL elects Barney Norris as one of 40 new fellows

29 June 2018 - 10:08am

RSL elects Barney Norris as one of 40 new fellows

29 June 2018 - 10:08am

Award-winning playwright and author Barney Norris has been named as one of the Royal Society of Literature’s new 40 Fellows under 40. Playwrights Bola Agbaje and James Graham join him on the diverse list, which is 73% female and 30% BAME.

‘We want the pulse of the RSL to keep time with the efflorescing, irrepressible, bold expressiveness of what writers are writing now, and we share a passionate commitment to what literature can do. Some of the writers will be using T S Eliot’s pen when they sign the Roll book. In one of his poems, Eliot asked, “What place is this, what land, what quarter of the globe?” Literature in the UK, in all its exciting diversity of method, material, and voice, can take us some way to an answer. I salute the RSL Council’s decision to elect these writers Fellows, and I certainly am proud and happy to introduce them here today.’ 
Marina Warner, RSL President

Barney Norris is a graduate of the universities of Oxford and Royal Holloway, his plays are At First Sight and Missing​. His poetry, stories and other writings have been published in various magazines. He is the author of two acclaimed novels: Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain (2016) and Turning for Home (2018). His memoir The Wellspring​, which contains conversations with his father David Owen Norris, was published in June 2018.
Barney is the co-artistic director of the theatre company Up In Arms (www.upinarms.org.uk), works as Max Stafford-Clark's assistant at Out of Joint, and has previously worked and trained under Bernard O'Donoghue, Andrew Motion, Jo Shapcott, Thelma Holt, Peter Gill and David Hare, and at Salisbury Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse, the Royal Court and the Bush.