Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer
I've been Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist since 2005 and am considered a foremost expert on the playwright and his plays. I work closely with the playwright on both his private archive and the Ayckbourn Archive now held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.
I am the creator, administrator and principal writer of the playwright's official website alanayckbourn.net. With more than 3,500 pages, it is the largest single online resource dedicated to a living playwright.
I've been writing professionally since leaving university in 2001, working initially as a journalist. Subsequently, my articles on Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and the Stephen Joseph Theatre have been published throughout the world and I'm also the author of the book Unseen Ayckbourn.
I've given numerous public talks and lectures on Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and the Stephen Joseph Theatre over the years including at official Ayckbourn events, performance platform talks & universities.
"Ayckbourn is quintessentially a man of the theatre, and Simon Murgatroyd's
achievement has been to celebrate and annotate that for posterity." (The Stage)