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date: 24 February 2024

De Waal, Kit free

De Waal, Kit free


Born Meriden, Warwickshire 26 July 1960; née Mandy Theresa O’Loughlin; d of Arthur Desmond O’Loughlin and Sheila Doyle; one s one d



Waverley Grammar Sch.; Oxford Brookes Univ. (MA Creative Writing)


Writer: for radio: Where Are All the Working Class Writers, 2018; Of Glass of Steel of Concrete, 2018; The Beautiful Thing, 2019; The Wedding Speech of Big Tom Fallon, 2019; Malcolm in the Midlands, 2022; for theatre: Imagine That, The Old Vic, 2019; The Three Irishmen, Abbey Th., Dublin, 2020; for television: The Third Day, 2020. Adjunct Prof., Sch. of Arts, Univ. of Limerick, 2020–; Prof., Sch. of Arts, 2022–; Jean Humphreys Writer in Residence, 2022–, Univ. of Leicester. Co-founder, Primadonna Fest., 2019–; Founder and Dir, The Big Book Weekend, BBC and Arts Council, 2020; Dir, Portopia Prodns, 2020–; Member, Board: Create Central; Dead Ink Books. Patron: Writing West Midlands, 2018–; Listening Books, 2020–; Birmingham Screen and Film Sch., 2021–; Prisoners Abroad, 2023–; Trustee, Reading Agency, 2023–; Ambassador, Wellbeing in the Arts, 2023. FRSL 2023. Hon. Fellow: Birkbeck, Univ. of London, 2019; Univ. of Wolverhampton, 2020; Kingston Univ., London, 2023


My Name is Leon, 2017; The Trick to Time, 2018; Becoming Dinah, 2019; Six Foot Six, 2019; Common People, 2019; Supporting Cast, 2020; Without Warning and Only Sometimes, 2022; contribs to radio, TV and theatre


whistling Rachmaninov, knitting scarves, swearing, high level daydreaming, watching online gym classes, brutal inbox management

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