photos courtesy of The Sunday Mail
Morna was named Scots Writer of the Year at the inaugural Scots Language Awards in 2019. She was 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 and in 2019 she was the Traverse's Scotland-in-Japan residency playwright.
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.
AMERICANA: A MURDER BALLAD
THE TWA CHRISSES
A PASSING DANCE
A FAIRY TALE
DEMON ISLAND: TAKEO'S TALE
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).
JOURNALISM / OTHER WRITING
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). More recently, she has written for PSYCHOLOGIES magazine.
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.