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Bolam, Robyn, 1953- , poet, editor and librettist, formerly Marion Lomax

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  • 1953-

Robyn Bolam (formerly Marion Lomax) was born in 1953 in Newcastle, and grew up in Northumberland. She gained her doctorate from the University of York in 1983, and her study of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama was published by CUP in 1987. She has edited four plays by John Ford (OUP, 1995) and The Rover by Aphra Behn (New Mermaids, 1995), and is now Professor of English at St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill, where she has taught since 1987. In 1981 she received a Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and won first prize in the Cheltenham Festival poetry competition. Her libretto for the opera Beyond Men and Dreams (composer Bennett Hogg) was performed by the Royal Opera House Garden Venture in 1991. In 1993 she held a Hawthornden International Fellowship. She has published three books of poems with Bloodaxe, The Peepshow Girl (1989) and Raiding the Borders (1996), both under her former name of Marion Lomax and New Wings: Poems 1977-2007 (2007), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her anthology Eliza's Babes: Four Centuries of Women's Poetry in English was published by Bloodaxe in 2003.

Chaplin, Michael, 1951 - , writer, television producer and executive

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  • 1951 -

Michael Chaplin was born in 1951 in County Durham to Rene Chaplin and Sid Chaplin; a writer based in North East England. He attended South Weald Infants School in Essex and Sandyford Road Primary School in Newcastle. He later attended Heaton Grammar School in Newcastle where he achieved 10 'O' levels, 3 'A' levels in History, Economics and English, and 1 'S' level in History. In 1970 – 1973 he studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge where he attained a 2.1 BA Honours in History. During this time he also edited the student paper Broadsheet. After graduating, he worked at The Journal in Newcastle as a trainee journalist, and was appointed the district reporter in Gateshead and the Durham, and the Health Correspondent. In 1977, Michael moved to London where he worked in the current affairs and features department at London Weekend Television until 1987. During this time, he worked as a researcher on Credo, The London Weekend Show, Black on Black, and The London Programme. He also worked as a producer-director on The London Programme and South of Watford, a series producer for South of Watford, and an editor of local features for South of Watford, The Making of Modern London, City Safari and Concrete and Clay. Between 1987 and 1989, Michael produced two series of the ITV drama Wish Me Luck, before moving to be the Head of Drama and Arts at Tyne-Tees Television in 1987. During this time, he was the Executive Producer for early Catherine Cookson adaptations. At this time, he was also centrally involved in C3W; an unsuccessful bid for the ITV franchise for Wales and the West Country. He then moved in 1991 to Head of Programmes for BBC Wales where he was responsible for all output in English, across radio and television, network and regional. After leaving BBC Wales in 1994, Michael became a full-writer and producer and since then he has written some 30 plays for Radio 4 including the series Two Pipe Problems and The Ferryhill Philosophers and various single plays like The Song Thief. His work for television includes the series Grafters, Dalziel and Pascoe and Monarch of the Glen and films like Just Henry. His 30-year relationship with Newcastle's Live Theatre encompasses In Blackberry Time (with Alan Plater) based on the life and work of Sid Chaplin, You Couldn't Make It up (with Tom Chaplin) about the travails of being a Newcastle United fan, and A Walk-On Part, based on the diaries of ex-Labour MP Chris Mullin. His prose work includes Come and See – The Beguiling Story of the Tyneside Cinema, and Tyne View which arose out of his time as writer in residence for the Port of Tyne. The book then spawned the musical play Tyne which ran at Live Theatre, the Customs House in South Shields and Newcastle's Theatre Royal. The residency also encompassed the theming of The Word, the new library and resource centre in South Shields, around the town's maritime and trading tradition over 200 years. Michael has served on the boards of Live Theatre and New Writing North and as a trustee of the Tyneside Cinema; as the President of the People's Theatre, Newcastle; President of the Friends of the Robinson Library, Newcastle University; and Vice-President of the Friends of Beamish Museum. He is also a Visiting Professor of Practice in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University. Michael Chaplin was appointed the executor of his father, Sid Chaplin's estate.

Newland, Courttia, 1973 - , writer

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  • 1973 -

Courttia Newland is a British writer of Jamaican and Bajan heritage. He was shortlisted for the 2007 Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library Award, the 2010 Alfred Fagon Award and longlisted for the 2011 Frank O' Conner Award.

A Book of Blues is a short story collection published in 2011.

Dillon, Peter, unknown, writer

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Peter Dillon has produced work for Northumberland Theatre Company as part of his writer in residence post in 1982, as well as radio documentaries, plays for youth theatres in North Tyneside, and plays for the Live Theatre Company, Newcastle.

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