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Caryl Churchill honoured for outstanding contribution to writing

Caryl Churchill. Photo: Marc Brenner Caryl Churchill. Photo: Marc Brenner
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Playwright Caryl Churchill has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to writing at the 2018 Writers’ Guild awards.

Fellow playwright Lucy Kirkwood presented Churchill with the award at a London ceremony on January 15.

Kirkwood was also recognised in the awards for her play The Children, which won against Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman and Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles in the best play category.

The awards, which celebrate achievement in writing for film, television, radio, theatre, comedy, books and video games, were female dominated, with nine out of the 15 awards going to women.

Other winners included Sarah McDonald-Hughes, who was awarded best play for young audiences for How to Be a Kid, and Ming Ho, who has also written for theatre, in the best radio drama category.

The ceremony was hosted by writer and actor Vicki Pepperdine, with presenters including April De Angelis, Daisy Goodwin, Helen Lederer, Charlie Hardwick, Lisa Evans, Natalie Cutler and Stefan Booth.

Host Pepperdine said: “As a previous Writers’ Guild award winner, I know how much it means to receive one.

“The knowledge that your peers have considered your work to be the very best in its class is a great accolade, which writers working in any of the broad range of media recognised by the guild would be proud to receive.”

Writers’ Guild of Great Britain president Olivia Hetreed said: “The range and quality of talent represented this year has been awe-inspiring, and our winners are outstanding in their fields.”

In a reference to Churchill’s 1982 play, Hetreed added: “With the always inventive and challenging playwright Caryl Churchill taking our highest award, it’s especially good to see there are plenty of Top Girls writing today (nine female winners over 15 awards).”

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