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Simon Longman wins £15,000 George Devine award

Simon Longman, the author of Sparks, Milked and Gundog Simon Longman, the author of Sparks, Milked and Gundog
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Playwright Simon Longman has won the 49th George Devine award for most promising playwright.

Longman was awarded the £15,000 prize at the end of the run of his play Gundog at the Royal Court Theatre’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

Richard Bean, Charlene James, Hanif Kureishi, Mike Leigh, Lucy Prebble and Laura Wade are all past winners of the award, which was set up in 1966 in memory of George Devine, the Royal Court’s first artistic director.

Longman also took part in the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writer’s Programme in 2013. He has since won the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme, with his previous works including White Sky, Sparks and Milked.

Simon Longman: playwright

The award is administered by Devine’s daughter, Harriet Devine.

Longman said: “This is really overwhelming, I genuinely never thought something like this would ever happen to me.

“The list of writers who have previously won the George Devine is incredible and all have inspired me and my own writing in some way. To be part of that list is a complete honour.”