Before venturing into the creative industries, Morna studied BA Journalism (The University of Sheffield). As a journalist, Morna trained with companies including The Sheffield Star, HallamFM and Dazed and Confused magazine. In 2012, she was an arts/lifestyle columnist for The Northern Scot (UK and Scotland’s newspaper of the year). To read Morna's column, click here.
Morna was also awarded runner up in the Royal TV Society Awards (student category) for her documentary “Menwith Hill” which she wrote, directed, presented and edited.
Morna is the recipient of the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship 2017 (hosted by Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council), the New Playwrights Award 2014 (Playwrights' Studio, Scotland) and the 'Tomorrow at Noon' 2018 award for female playwrights (Jermyn Street Theatre). In 2018, she was selected for the New Zealand Playwright Exchange.
She has performed extracts of LOST AT SEA at the Scottish Parliament, the European Authors' Festival (Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland) and as part of France's National Poetry Month.
Following her training as a journalist, Morna continues to write creatively as a playwright, columnist and features writer.
Morna is currently editing her first novel, a fantasy fiction adventure for young adults. She is also collating a series of Parisian Vignettes inspired by her time spent there in 2015.
Morna regularly writes poetry, short stories and lyrics. Most of these are for personal sight only but she may share one or two on here in the future!
IN DEVELOPMENT (AS PLAYWRIGHT)
THE WATER CLAN (Bats Theatre and Toi Põneke Arts Centre, Wellington, New Zealand)
Plays written as part of the 2017 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship include: THE STOOR, THESE CLEAN QUINES, SCRUBBED, AYE, ELVIS and JOY.
REMEMBER THE FUTURE (Selected for a CAMAC Art Centre residency, 2015)
THE EDGE (Developed as part of Magnetic North's Rough Mix residency)
IN DEVELOPMENT (AS THEATRE MAKER)
HEROINES (Supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Stellar Quines)
FOLK (Supported by The Tron)
MEMORIAL (with Sarah Rose Graber. Previously supported by the National Theatre of Scotland and ARC, Stockton)
Morna is delighted to be working with practitioners including: director Allie Butler (tidy carnage), Sound Artist Kate Carr and Writer/Performer Catriona Lexy Campbell.
Morna's work has been kindly supported by organisation including: Creative Scotland, the Tom McGrath Trust, Tenot Foundation and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Awards / recognition include:
The 2018 Scotland-New Zealand playwrighting exchange (playwright-in-residence for BATS Theatre)
'Tomorrow at Noon' award 2018 for female playwrights (Jermyn Street Theatre)
Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship 2017 (Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council)
New Playwright's Award 2014 (Playwrights' Studio, Scotland)
Artist Bursary Award 2014 (Creative Scotland)
Professional Development Award 2014 (Creative Scotland)
Small Grant Award 2013 and 2014 (Tom McGrath Trust)
Bursary Award 2015 (Tenot Foundation)
Residencies include: Rough Mix (Magnetic North), Wild Journey (Imaginate), CAMAC Arts Centre (France) and Listhus (Iceland).