Hilary Spiers

Hilary Spiers was born in London. She writes plays and fiction, with a particular emphasis on the complex lives of older women, whom she believes too rarely get their moment in the sun. Her careers have encompassed law, education, the NHS and youth services.


Her play First Do No Harm, about the inception of the welfare state, was produced by Tea and Tenacity Theatre Company and premiered at the BirminghamFest 2014, before a regional tour of the Midlands and East Anglia. Her latest play, A Singular Deception, brings to life the extraordinary Dr James Barry, who rose to the highest medical rank in the British Army and introduced a slew of public health advances, only to be discovered on death to have been a woman. Her work has been performed at the Hampstead Theatre, The Arundel Festival, The Peterborough Green Festival, The Oundle Festival, Stamford Theatre, and in Australia. One of her plays, Hoovering on the Edge, is regularly performed by amateur companies. She wrote the book for a modern opera, The Yellow Dress, staged at the Riverside Studios.


She is the author of two novels, Hester & Harriet and Hester & Harriet: Love, Lies & Linguine (Allen & Unwin) and collection of short stories, The Hour Glass, (Pewter Rose Press). She has won several national short story competitions, been twice short-listed for the Bridport Prize, had work included in various anthologies and broadcast on radio. She is currently working on a new play and a third novel.


For more information, visit her website: www.hilaryspiers.co.uk