In Semester 2, 2011/12, I’m going to teach playwriting to MLitt Creative Writing students.


This Restless House - Faber 2016

How to Hold Your Breath - Faber 2015

The Wheel – Faber 2011

‘The Panel’, a short play published in Women, power and politics - Nick Hern Books, 2010

A Dolls House (a new version of Ibsen’s A Dolls House) - Faber 2009

Fall – Faber 2008

Julie (a new version of Stringberg's Miss Julie) - Faber 2006

Solstice - Faber 2005

Midwinter - Faber 2004

Nightingale and Chase – Faber 2001

Further than the Furthest Thing – Faber and Faber 2000

By Many Wounds – Faber and Faber 1998

For more information, please see Zinnie's page on the Faber and Faber web site.

The Wheel
A Dolls House
Nightingale and Chase
Further than the Furthest Thing
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Prof Zinnie Harris

Education and Experience

Zinnie Harris is a playwright, screenwriter and theatre director. Her plays include This Restless House (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 2016), winner of Best New Play at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2016; How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre, 2015), winner of the Berwin Lee Award 2015; The Message and On The Watch (Tricycle Theatre, London, 2012), The Wheel (National Theatre of Scotland, 2011) joint winner of the 2011 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and a Fringe First, short-listed for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award; The Panel (Tricycle Theatre, London 2010); The Garden (Traverse Theatre, 2009); Fall (Traverse Theatre, 2008) Solstice (RSC, 2005); Midwinter (RSC, 2004) winner of an Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for playwriting, and short-listed for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award; Nightingale and Chase (Royal Court, 2001); and Further Than The Furthest Thing (Royal National Theatre/Tron Theatre, 2000/1), which was winner of the Peggy Ramsay Playwriting Award, the John Whiting Award and a Fringe First award as well as being specially commended by the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and short-listed for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright, BY MANY WOUNDS (Hampstead Theatre 1999) shortlisted for the Allied Domecq Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award. Adaptations include A Doll's House (Donmar Warehouse, 2009) and Miss Julie (National Theatre of Scotland, 2006).

Zinnie has also written for television and radio, with two 90 minute dramas for Channel 4 called Born with Two Mothers and Richard is my Boyfriend and episodes for the BBC One Drama Series Spooks. She was lead writer on the series Partners in Crime for Endor / BBC 1 (broadcast in 2015), starring Jessica Raine and David Walliams and which was based on the Agatha Christie novels Tommy and Tuppence.

Zinnie is currently under commission to the Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre.She has been the Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre since spring 2015.

Research Interests

Creative writing

Zinnie Harris - Photographer: Sue Torkington

Contact information

Room: Byre Theatre
Phone: 1745

Consultation hours:
Sem 1: Wed 10-11am & 1-2pm (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5). Sem 2: by appointment.

Research Profile on PURE

School role

Careers Officer (Sem 2)