Trish Cooke is a playwright and children’s book writer. In 1988 Trish was awarded the Thames TV theatre writers award and was writer in residence at Liverpool Playhouse. Her first stage play Back Street Mammy, about teenage pregnancy, was produced by Temba Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1989 and then by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 1991. That year she also wrote for EastEnders (BBC). Between 1988 and 1996 Trish was a presenter and scriptwriter on Playdays (BBC) and her children’s book, So Much (Walker Books 1994) won the Smarties book prize, Kurt Maschler award and the W.H. Smith and She magazine award. The book was voted one of the 100 best children’s books by Time Out in 2016.
From 2002 to 2003 Trish was writer in residence at BBC North. She has written several plays for BBC radio, including a mini-series called Unspoken. Television work includes writing for Doctors (BBC 2004/5) and she was a storyliner for Emmerdale (Yorkshire Television) in 2013. Trish has written a string of five-star pantomimes for the Theatre Royal Stratford East, including Cinderella (2008), the first panto to be nominated for an Olivier award, and Rapunzel (2017/2018), which broke all box office records at the same theatre. In 2015, Left Hangin’ (Trish’s play about the alleged suicide of a young black man) was performed at the Bush Theatre for Black Lives, Black Words.
Trish has two sons and twin granddaughters. She lives in Bradford with her husband and runs creative writing workshops in schools.