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Amanda Whittington

Amanda Whittington has written over 30 plays for theatre and radio. She currently has four titles in Nick Hern Books’ Top Ten Most Performed Plays, with The Thrill of Love at Number One.

About Amanda

Amanda's work is widely performed across the UK, with Be My Baby a GCSE and ‘A’ level text in English Literature and Theatre Studies.  Recent stage productions include Kiss Me Quickstep (New Vic Theatre), My Judy Garland Life (Nottingham Playhouse) and an adaptation of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Mercury Colchester).  

Amanda writes extensively for radio and in 2016, won Best Series/Serial in the BBC Audio Drama Awards with D for Dexter.  

She began her career as a freelance journalist for Nottingham Evening Post and is currently writing for BBC Radio 4 and Hull Truck Theatre, with Mighty Atoms to be staged as part of Hull 2017 City of Culture. 

Why I read

I read for the same reasons I breathe: it’s natural, instinctive, life-giving, energising and essential.  I’ve always been compelled to read anything and everything, from notes on doors to old newspapers lining a box; and I see wonderful poetry in signs and in shopping lists.  Words help to make sense of the world, and sometimes, those words come in books.  

My favourite is often the one I’ve just read and right now that’s Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen: a brilliant reflection on how art and life are one and the same.  In terms of influences, lyrics are up there with literature: not only Bruce but Joni Mitchell and Morrissey, who all showed me the way as a writer.  Words are a mirror and a window; and at seven years old, Louisa Mae Alcott first opened my eyes to both.

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