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Lizzie Nunnery

Poet, Playwright

Lizzie Nunnery’s work as a playwright has often explored historical settings and migrant characters. Her first play Intemperance (Liverpool Everyman, 2007), was set amongst Irish and Norwegian immigrants in the Liverpool slums of 1854. It was awarded five stars by the Guardian and shortlisted for the Meyer-Whitworth award. The Swallowing Dark (Liverpool Playhouse/Theatre503, 2011), took on themes of asylum through the story of a Zimbabwean refugee in Britain. Play with songs Narvik (Box of Tricks UK Tour, 2017; Norwegian Tour, 2018), followed a Liverpool sailor’s journey through Norway and the Arctic during the Second World War. It was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburne award and won ‘Best New Play’ in the UK Theatre awards 2017.

Her work frequently explores working-class voices and stories. She co-wrote Unprotected (Everyman/Traverse Edinburgh/ BBC Radio 4, 2006), a verbatim play exploring street prostitution in Liverpool, winner of the Amnesty International award for freedom of expression. Over time her passion for music has led to her incorporating original songs in her dramatic work, most significantly in the musical The Sum (BBC Radio 4, 2014; Everyman, 2017), about the impact of austerity politics on a Liverpool community.

Lizzie is also a singer and songwriter, performing regularly with producer/composer Vidar Norheim. Recently she began to write fiction, with a short story, ‘Moving to the Sticks’, published at She is developing her first feature film with Blue Horizon Productions and working on an original TV series with Tigerlily Films.

Lizzie lives in Liverpool with her Norwegian husband and their two children.

Lizzie Nunnery
Image credit: James Wafer, Bluewhistle


University of Manchester, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons 2020/21
University of Liverpool 2018/19
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