'The literary phenomenon of the decade.' - Guardian 'A beautiful, pitch-perfect adaptation.' - Independent
Sally Rooney is the author of the novels Conversations with Friends and Normal People. Alice Birch is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose recent plays include [BLANK] (Donmar Warehouse/Clean Break), Orlando (Schaubhne, Berlin) and Anatomy of a Suicide (Royal Court Theatre). Birch wrote on the TV adaptation of Normal People, alongside Sally Rooney and Mark O'Rowe, for which she and Rooney were nominated for an Emmy. She also worked as Story Editor on Season 2 of Succession for HBO and is currently developing a series for Annapurna and Amazon with Rachel Weisz. Her first feature was Lady Macbeth which won five British Independent Film Awards in 2017 including Best Screenplay. Her second feature will be an adaptation of the Graham Swift novel Mothering Sunday for Number 9 Films and Film4. Other awards include: winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2018 and the George Devine Award (for Revolt. She said. Revolt again), and the Arts Foundation Award for Playwriting. Mark O'Rowe is a playwright and writer for film and television. His plays include Howie the Rookie (winner of the George Devine Award), Made in China, Crestfall, Terminus, Our Few and Evil Days (winner of Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards) and The Approach. O'Rowe won an IFTA Award for his screenplay for Intermission directed by John Crowley, and further collaborated with Crowley on the BAFTA-winning Boy A. O'Rowe's third film, Perrier's Bounty, was nominated for three IFTAs and his adaptation of Daniel Clay's novel Broken won Best Independent Feature at the BIFAs in 2012. He also wrote and directed The Delinquent Season starring Cillian Murphy and Andrew Scott. For television, O'Rowe has written Temple starring Mark Strong for Sky, and Episode 11 of Normal People for the BBC and Hulu.