Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels including her latest, The Purple Shroud. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both long-listed for the Orange Prize. She has written ten plays and over fifty short stories, including several for BBC Radio 4. Her collected stories are published by Salt in Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined. She won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2002 (Martha Grace) and 2013 (Come Away With Me), and Stonewall Writer of the Year in 2008 (The Room of Lost Things) and 2010 (Theodora). She wrote and presented the BBC4 documentary How to Write a Mills and Boon and has reviewed for The Review Show(BBC2), Front Row (BBCRadio4) and written articles for most major newspapers in the UK. In addition to her writing work she is a theatre director and performer. She is currently working on a new stage play for Three Legged Theatre. She is the founder and Co-Director of the Fun Palaces Campaign, a series of Fun Palaces across the UK and beyond, engendering, celebrating and enabling public engagement in the arts and sciences on a community and local basis.
The Gilder’s Apprentice
You can read Stella’s exclusive short story, The Gilder’s Apprentice, on The Independent website.