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Dr Kim Wiltshire

Reader in Creative Writing

English & Creative Arts



Dr Kim Wiltshire is an academic, scriptwriter and short fiction writer, with much of her creative work being political, issue-based or exploring health and well-being. Plays include: Polarised (2004 – Burnley Youth Theatre), about the 2001 race riots (later adapted as a film for schools); The Loser (2009) for Scenepool at Camden People’s Theatre;  Sing When You’re Winning (2010) for Bolton Octagon; Joy With Child (2010) for Organised Chaos in Manchester (this play was shortlisted for the 2009 Bruntwood Prize); Triple The Price Of Fruitcake as part of the Come Closer event at the Royal Exchange (2015). Short films include Living To Die for Lets Go Global/Mothers Against Violence and Transitions for Lime and the CF Unit. In 2013 she was a curator and writer for two of the Alligator Club productions, Blackout at The Dukes in Lancaster and Pages From My Songbook at The Royal Exchange. In 2014, supported by Bolton Octagon and Arts Council England, she toured Project XXX, a multimedia play, which led to Kim forming the Laid Bare Theatre Project (LBTP). In Autumn 2017 her new piece, The Value of Nothing, directed by Joyce Branagh, was produced by LBTP and toured the North West and the Midlands. Both plays have been published by Aurora Metro.


In December 2015 her book, Writing For Theatre: Creative and Critical Approaches, was published by Palgrave Macmillan, and in September 2018 the book she has co-edited with Billy Cowan, Scenes from the Revolution, was published by Edge Hill University Press and Pluto Press.

She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and is currently a British Academy Innovation Fellow

Kim is Programme Leader for the BA Creative Writing.