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Peter Oswald

Poet, Playwright

Peter Oswald is a playwright, poet and performer. He was writer in residence at Shakespeare’s Globe. Three of his plays – in verse – were performed there. His plays have been performed at the National Theatre, Birmingham Rep, the Almeida, in the West End, on Broadway and all over the world in various languages. The production of his version of Schiller’s Mary Stuart won the South Bank award. He has been the recipient of a Society of Authors’ travelling scholarship. His play The Golden Ass formed part of the Evening Standard award-winning season at the Globe in 2002. Some of his plays are published — by Oberon Books, Methuen and OUP. He has written four large-scale verse plays for students – all on the autistic spectrum – of the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust. He co-founded Columbina Theatre Company, which creates new commedia plays with a verse script. He also co-founded The Liminos Project, which creates plays connected to Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy. He is a volunteer with the Hands Up Project, storytelling on Facebook live to schoolchildren and teachers in Gaza and helping with their development of online Remote Theatre. He has performed his story-poems at the Ledbury, Wells and Hay festivals, at the Folger Theatre in Washington D.C., and many other places. His poetry is published by Oberon Books, Shearsman Press and The Letterpress. He wrote a play for inmates of HMP Channings Wood, The Prisoners’ Easter, directed them and acted with them. He is married to poet Alice Oswald and they have three children.

Peter Oswald


University of the West of England, Health and Social Sciences 2021/22
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