Barney Norris

Agent: Laura Williams


Barney Norris is a critically acclaimed playwright, poet and author. For his debut full-length play VISITORS, which ran at that Arcola before transferring to the Bush in November 2014, he won the Critics Circle Award 2014 for Most Promising Playwright. He was also shortlisted for the prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Most Promising Playwright, the Writers Guild of Great Britain 2014 award for Best Play and the Best New Play Award at the Off West End Theatre Awards 2014. VISITORS received rave star reviews in  publications such as the Guardian, The Times, the Telegraph and the New York Times. His first non-fiction book BODIES GONE: THE THEATRE OF PETER GILL was published by Seren in February 2014, and his first book of poetry, FALLING, was published by Playdead Press. He is the co-artistic director of theatre company Up in Arms, and is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. He has a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford and an MA (Hons) from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Barney’s debut novel, FIVE RIVERS MET IN A WOODED PLAIN, was published by Doubleday (Transworld) in April 2016 to critical acclaim, and was a Waterstones and Foyles Book of the Month. His second novel, TURNING FOR HOME, was published by Doubleday in January 2018.