Annie Ernaux

Annie Ernaux is a French writer who was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Her works include the 2008 historical memoir Les Années (The Years), which won the Marguerite Duras Prize and the 2016 Strega European Prize. Translated by Alison L. Strayer, The Years was nominated for the International Booker Prize in 2019, and won the 2019 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.

The Years

John Esmonde

John Esmonde (1937–2008) was a writer best known for his work with Bob Larbey. Esmonde and Larbey were the British television comedy scriptwriting partnership behind popular sitcoms during the 1970s and the 1980s such as Please Sir!, The Good Life, Get Some In!, Ever Decreasing Circles, and Brush Strokes.

The Good Life

Marie-Hélène Estienne

Marie-Hélène Estienne joined the Centre International de Créations Théâtrales (C.I.C.T.) in 1977. She was Peter Brook’s assistant on La Tragédie de Carmen, Le Mahabharata, and collaborated on the staging of The Tempest, Impressions de Pelléas, Woza Albert! and La Tragédie d’Hamlet (2000). She co-authored L’homme qui and Je suis un phénomène performed at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. She wrote the French adaptation of Can Themba’s play Le Costume, and Sizwe Banzi est mort by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona. In 2003, she wrote the French and English adaptations of Le Grand Inquisiteur (The Grand Inquisitor) based on Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. She was the author of Tierno Bokar in 2005, and of the English adaptation of Eleven and Twelve by Amadou Hampâté Bâ in 2009. With Peter Brook, she co-directed Fragments, five short pieces by Beckett, and again with Peter Brook and composer Franck Krawczyk, she freely adapted Mozart and Schikaneder’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) into Une flûte enchantée. She co-created The Suit in 2012 and The Valley of Astonishment in 2013, both performed at the Young Vic, London.

The Prisoner

George Etherege

Sir George Etherege (c.1636–1692) was an English dramatist, author of plays including The Comical Revenge or, Love in a Tub (1664), She Would if She Could (1668), and The Man of Mode (1676).

The Man of Mode


Euripides (c. 480-406 BC) was, along with Aeschylus and Sophocles, one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens.

Women of Troy
Greek Tragedy: Three Plays
Orestes: Blood and Light

Fiona Evans

Fiona Evans is a playwright whose plays have been produced at theatres including the Royal Court, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

Fiona Evans
The Price of Everything

Mark Evans

Mark Evans is an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer. He has played Elder Price in the North American tour of The Book of Mormon, Sam Wheat in Ghost, Flyero in Wicked and Troy Bolton in High School Musical in London. On tour in the UK he has played Brad in The Rocky Horror Show and Curly in Oklahoma!. He has worked frequently in television and radio, particularly as a presenter on Welsh-language broadcasts. In 2011, he created the title role of Marcaroni, one of the most popular children's shows ever made for S4C.

Mark Evans
Secrets of Stage Success
Secrets of Stage Success - SIGNED COPY

Mark Evans

Mark Evans is a comedy writer, director and actor. He has written widely for television comedy shows including The Jack Docherty Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Popetown and The Late Edition.

He wrote and acted in the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy series Bleak Expectations, which ran from 2007 to 2012. It was adapted into a four-episode BBC TV series, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, premiered in 2011. His novel, Bleak Expectations, based on the radio series, was published in 2012, and a stage adaptation was premiered in 2022.

Bleak Expectations
Bleak Expectations