Liberian Girl receives Writers' Guild Award 2016 nomination

Published on Wed 16 Dec 2015

Diana Nneka Atuona’s Liberian Girl has been shortlisted for the Best Play award at the Writers’ Guild Awards 7 Dec. The winners will be announced Monday 18 January 2016. The play was directed by Matthew Dunster and staged at the Royal Court 7 Jan – 31 Jan 2015.

Between 1989 and 2003 the Civil War in Liberia saw over 200,000 people killed, a million others displaced into refugee camps, and over 15,000 children recruited into ‘Small Boys Units’. First-time writer Diana Nneka Atuona’s Alfred Fagon award-winning play tells one teenage girl’s story of survival in this intimate and immersive production.

Diana Nneka Atuona attended the Royal Court’s Peckham Writers Group, as part of Theatre Local – the Royal Court’s project to take plays to alternative spaces, sponsored by Bloomberg. She has won the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play in 2013 and the Alfred Fagon Audience Award in 2015.

The Writers’ Guild’s annual Awards have been celebrating writers, and writing, since they launched in 1961. They allow writers to honour their peers, and recognise their work in supporting freedom of speech.

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