Zodwa is a playwright, filmmaker and poet based in Manchester, England.
She started writing in 2005 with Leeds Young Authors (LYA), a community based performance poetry group. As a member of LYA, she represented the United Kingdom at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam in New York City, USA in 2006. In addition she led poetry workshops in schools, prisons and community groups in Yorkshire and Lanchasire.
As winner of the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme she was Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2014. She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkely Literature Festival (2013), Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012) and Writer-in-Residence at I Love West Leeds Festival (2010).
She is currently under commission at Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle) and Manchester Royal Exchange. She was also part of the 2015 Creative England iWrite Regional New Voices Initiative.
She started writing poetry with Leeds Young Authors (LYA). With the organisation, she competed at the Brave New Voices Inter national Poetry Competition in New York in 2006. Between 2005- 2010, she performed with LYA nationally, at venues and events including: Southbank Centre, British Library, Venezuelan Embassy, Ilkley Literature Festival and Bridlington Literature Festival.
In 2010, she started writing theatre with Freedom Studios as part of Street Voices 3. She wrote her first play, The Povo Die Till Freedom Comes. It toured to Theatre in the Mill, Square Chapel and the Bush. Following this, she's written plays for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Manchester Royal Exchange, Young Vic and BBC Radio 3.
She's led writing workshops in community organisations, schools and universities in the UK, USA and South Africa.
Zodwa graduated from the University of Leeds with an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication
Her plays are published by Bloomsbury. In addition, she's made contributions to academic journals within the arts.
Zodwa is represented by The Agency, London