Belona Greenwood was awarded Arts and Humanities Research Board Funding to take an MA in Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia, after she won the Theatre Prize for a screenplay about the Bosnian war. A former journalist, she won an Escalator to write a book of creative non-fiction about unmarried mothers and is a winner of the Decibel Penguin Prize for Life Writing. Her most recent stage work includes a 15 minute version of The Lower Depths inspired by Maxim Gorky’s play of that name, a satire on gender equality, Progress Review at Brighton Festival and Little Eden, a satire on nationalism, which formed part of Refugee Week and the Being Human Festival 2015. Other plays include Alice’s Adventure produced as part of Tribunal 12, Europe in the Dock at 2012’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival. She was selected for the first round of Write2Screen’s Script Hothouse and was part of Creative England’s East of England Talent Module. She is a co-director of Chalk Circle Theatre Company. Recently she and 4 other scriptwriters set up Script6, a script development company in Norfolk. She mentors young people for the BFI Academy with Cultureworks.
She is founder/co-organiser of Words and Women which supports and celebrates women writers in the East of England. She is co-editor of 5 anthologies of the best and boldest of contemporary new writing for women in the region. Both Belona Greenwood and co-organiser Lynne Bryan were runners up in Women in Publishing’s Pioneering New Venture Award in 2015 and 2016. She has written a book about writing plays and is published in Elbow Room.