┆Bryony Lavery was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, in December 1947. Her father was principal of the Dewsbury Nurse Training College. Lavery studied English at Hendon College of Technology. She was working as a theatre administrator when she wrote her first play *I Was Too Young At The Time To Understand Why My Mother Was Crying*. She has subsequently written over 60 plays, many of which are unpublished. They include *Helen And Her Friends* (1978); *Bag* (1979); *Family Album* (1980); *Missing* (1981); *Calamity* (1983); *Origin Of The Species* (1984); *Witchcraze* (1985); *Her Aching Heart* (Pink Paper Play Of The Year 1992); *Wicked* (1990); *Kitchen Matters* (1990); *Flight* (1991); *Nothing Compares To You* (1995); *Ophelia* (1996) and *A Wedding Story* (2000). Her play *Frozen*, commissioned by Birmingham Rep, won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award, and was produced on Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony awards. *Stockholm* won the Wolff Whiting award in 2008.
In the 1970s Lavery founded a theatre company, Les Oeufs Malades, with actor Gerard Bell. She was also associated with feminist and socialist theatre groups such as Monstrous Regiment and Women’s Theatre Group. She was the artistic director of Gay Sweatshop and Female Trouble. She was the writer in residence at the Unicorn Theatre for Children.
Lavery has written extensively for radio, including *No Joan Of Arc* (Sony nominated); *Velma And Therese*, *The Smell Of Him* and *Requiem*. She has also adapted several works including *Wuthering Heights*, *Lady Audley's Secret*, *A High Wind In Jamaica*, *The Lovers of Viorne* and *Wise Children*.
Bryony Lavery was a tutor on Birmingham University’s MA in Playwrighting. She is an honorary Doctor of Arts of De Montfort University.