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Roy Williams by Robert Day

“Even when I am not at my computer, I am always thinking about my work, 24/7, only putting pen to paper when I believe I have something figured out. Am I mad? Definitely!  So, why do I write? I don’t know how not to.”

One of the UK’s leading dramatists.

Do you see yourself as a black writer?

As well as being a small tribute to one of my literary heroes, Langston Hughes, this piece explores my personal journey as a Black British writer in an attempt to answer that question for myself.

Roy Williams in conversation with Trish Cooke

Talking about Roy Williams’s love of dialogue and collaborations


Roy Williams OBE is one of the UK’s leading dramatists. In 2000, he was the joint-winner of the George Devine Award and in 2001, he was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

His plays include Death Of England, Death Of England: Delroy, Out West, NW Trilogy, Sucker Punch (Olivier Award nomination for Best Play, Writers Guild Award for best play, joint winner of 2010  Alfred Fagon Award), The No-Boys Cricket Club.

Radio work includes adaptations of ER Braithwaite’s A Choice of Straws and To Sir With Love, John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos, as well as eight series  of Interrogation for BBC Radio 4. 

TV and film work includes Fallout,  Babyfather, Offside, Let It Snow, Soon Gone: The Windrush Chronicles, Fast Girls, Death Of England: Face to Face.

His latest play is The Fellowship, directed by Paulette Randall, staged at Hampstead Theatre.