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Hilary Spiers

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Hilary Spiers writes short stories and plays. She has won a number of national writing competitions, including The Times Short Love Story Competition and the Wimbledon Book Festival Writing Challenge (her story was recorded by Martin Jarvis), been published in several anthologies and had a number of her stories broadcast on the radio. ‘I love short stories — their economy and tight focus. Whenever I want to flex my writing muscles, I start a new one.’

Her other passion is playwriting, for stage and radio. Her work has been performed at London’s Hampstead Theatre (an extract from a two-hander Thaw), Stamford Theatre (Hoovering on the Edge) and the Oundle Literature Festival (Mine! based on The Tempest). She is currently working with composer Richard Lambert on a number of projects, including a short opera.

She enjoys giving a voice to ordinary women in sometimes extraordinary circumstances. Her writing tends to feature strong women and, in the case of her plays, offers really meaty roles for women. As an actor and director herself, she is only too aware of the dearth of really good parts for women (especially those past the first flush of youth) in traditional English drama and she aims to redress the balance. ‘I’m not on a mission,’ she says. ‘I just want to give women a fair crack of the whip and offer them their moment in the sun.’

The Hour Glass is her first collection of short stories.

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