Blog: Meet Nine Lives playwright Zodwa Nyoni

Nine Lives features real-life, personal and intimate refugees stories that get behind the headlines. We spoke to Zimbabwe-born playwright Zodwa Nyoni about how she created the show and why it's such a important piece of work.

For people who haven’t come across you or your work before can you introduce yourself?


My name is Zodwa Nyoni. I am a playwright and poet from Leeds who began writing 11 years ago as a member of Leeds Young Authors (LYA), a performance poetry organisation.


Through weekly writing sessions the Artistic Director, Khadijah Ibrahiim, and guest international artists shared their craft of writing with us. It was a brilliant training ground for me which led to opportunities all over the world.

I performed my poetry at national venues such as the British Museum, Ilkley Literature Festival and Southbank Centre and at 17 I represented the UK at the Brave New Voices (BNV) International Poetry Festival in New York City, USA......Read more at Stratford Circus

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