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Kevin Dyer is Artistic Associate at Farnham Maltings, Associate Artist at The Dukes in Lancaster and Associate Writer for Action Transport Theatre, He writes, directs, leads writing courses and works as a dramaturg. He was recently awarded the Inspirational Playwright Award. Presented by ASSITEJ International at their World Congress in Cape Town, and his adaptation of The Hobbit won the UK Theatre awards ‘Best production’. He won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Children and Young People for his play The Monster Under the Bed. (It was also shortlisted for the Brian Way and John Whiting Awards.) He was also short-listed the same award for his play Angel. His adaptation of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Angel were shortlisted for The Brian Way Award. He was also short-listed for the WG Awards and the Canadian Dora awards and for the West End ‘offies’ with his play Minotaur. Kevin has a particular interest in working with poets in a theatrical context. A published poet himself, he made a piece with Neil Rollinson for Arts Council England’s National Live Literature Showcase at Kendal Brewery; created poetry-theatre with the Cheshire Poet Laureates (twice); Directed and dramaturged Ben Mellor’s Kiss It Better at Contact Theatre, worked with Dominic Berry on both his children’s and adult poetry/theatre; and with Joy Winkler on Town. His plays The Bomb (based on meetings with Jo Berry whose father was killed in the Brighton bombing and Pat Magee who planted the bomb) and The Monster Under the Bed and The Iranian Feast are published by Aurora Metro books. The Monster under the Bed is also published by Harper-Collins as a play-script for young readers. He has written over 50 commissioned plays for theatre and radio. His play Baghdad Zoo was commissioned and performed by four major regional theatres as part of the Playground project and has since been produced at Birmingham Rep, ATT, Plymouth Theatre Royal and by companies across the USA. He has just written Marion, his first novel for young adults. It is about a cow.