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William Ivory

Award winning screenwriter, William Ivory was born in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. His writing is heavily influenced by living and working in the area where he was born and bred.

About William

TV work includes Common as Muck, A Thing Called Love and The Sins. He wrote an adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Women in Love and The Rainbow starring Rosamund Pike and Rory Kinnear as well as the Golden Globe nominated, Burton and Taylor, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West.

Feature films include The Closer You Get and Made in Dagenham, starring Sally Hawkins.

Stage plays include Bomber’s Moon, The Retirement of Tom Stevens and Diary of a Football Nobody.

William is currently Visiting Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Nottingham in 2009.

My reading influences

I didn’t really read until I was about 12. My poor mum and dad were worried I had learning difficulties. Then I discovered Alistair MacLean and read every book he ever wrote. At the same time I tried Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe because it was locally set. That book changed my life.

Then it was a weird, eclectic, mix of the writers my sister was studying at Nottingham University as part of her English and American Literature degree – which meant Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Scott Fitzgerald, Tenesee Williams, Arthur Miller and Billy Wilder - mixed in with my own newly pricked interest, which threw up DH Lawrence, Donne and Marvell, Brian Moore, Keats and Joseph Conrad; as well as Molly Parkin, Anais Nin (both good for rudery), Martin Amis, Erica Jong and George Eliot.

I still tend to read American fiction and British poetry. And any play which makes me laugh. 

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