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Zodwa Nyoni

Playwright and poet

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Zodwa Nyoni is an award winning Zimbabwean born, Leeds-based playwright and poet.

A star on the rise, in 2014, she won the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme and was Writer-in-Residence at Leeds Playhouse. Zodwa has also had resident writing roles with I Love West Leeds Festival, and BBC Radio Leeds.

Her plays are published with Bloomsbury. Unfailingly, they tell stories of life and love, of histories and contemporary issues, triumphs and plights, with both tenderness and grit.
Her poetry has been featured in the Suitcase Book of Love Poems (Sable Lit Magazine), The Warehouse Magazine (Canada) and Aesthetica Magazine’s 2009 Creative Works Annual.

Zodwa has performed her poetry in the UK and internationally at venues and events including, Ilkley Literature Festival, Latitude Festival, Southbank Centre and British Museum in London. Her international performances have taken her to eKhaya Multi Arts Centre in Durban, and in Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and Historic Hampton House in Miami.

Her first short film, Mahogany (2018 commissioned by the National Trust and 24 Design Ltd.) captures the perilous journey of slaves and mahogany wood from the Caribbean to stately homes in England.

Zodwa graduated from the University of Leeds with an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication.


Carnival Chronicles (2017, Leeds Playhouse and community venues)

Ode to Leeds (2017, Leeds Playhouse)

Borderline (2017, Young Vic)
Weathered Estates (2017, University of Hull/ Hull City of Culture)

Love Again (2016, BBC Radio 3)

Boi Boi is Dead (2015, Tiata Fahodzi, Leeds Playhouse & Watford Palace Theatre)

Nine Lives ( 2014, Oron Mor)

Home Has Died (2012, Lift Off Festival )

The Povo Die Till Freedom Comes (2010, Freedom Studios)


Channel 4 Playwright Scheme Winner 2014/15

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist 2014/15

Arts Award – Leeds Black Awards 2011