Bonnie Greer

Bonnie Greer OBE  was born 16 November 1948 and is an American-British playwright, novelist, critic and broadcaster, who has lived in the UK since 1986. She has won the Verity Bargate award for best play, and her memoir, Parallel Life, is published by Arcadia Books.

She was formerly director of the Talawa Theatre Company and has served on the boards of the Royal Opera House and the London Film School. She is also a former theatre critic for Time Out magazine.

Greer is a member of the Arts Emergency Service, a British charity working with 16- to 19-year-olds in further education from diverse backgrounds. She is a patron of the SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women in the UK. She is also a board member of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

In April 2005, she was appointed to the British Museum’s Board of Trustees and completed two full terms; from late March 2009 she served as Deputy Chairman. In 2011, she accepted the post of President of the Brontë Society.

Greer was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the Arts.

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