Bonnie Greer

Bonnie Greer is an American-British playwright, novelist, critic and the Chancellor of Kingston University. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago, the eldest of seven children born to Ben – a Mississippi sharecropper, Chicago factory worker and D-Day veteran – and Willie Mae, who went to work at fifteen to support her family. She has contributed to publications such as The Guardian, the New Statesman and is a former theatre critic for Time Out magazine. She is a former Arts Council playwright in residence at the Soho Theatre and has written radio plays for BBC 3 and Radio 4. In 2010 she was named by the Observer as one of the 300 Public Intellectuals in the UK – the only female playwright – and was also awarded an OBE. She has been Deputy Chair of the British Museum, and has served on the boards of RADA, London Film School and Theatre Royal, Stratford East. She has written 5 books, her most recent being ‘A Parallel Life’, her memoir published in 2014.