Garry Lyons is a playwright and screenwriter. Since 2006, he has been the Director of the MA Writing for Performance and Publication at Leeds University which he runs in partnership with Leeds Playhouse.
His theatre work includes: FRANKIE AND TOMMY (Lyric Hammersmith and Liverpool Everyman); WICKED YAAR! (RNT tour) and MOHICANS (Donmar Warehouse). His adaptation of THE SECRET GARDEN played to packed houses at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep.
His television credits include: the Prix Europa-nominated BRITAIN’S FIRST SUICIDE BOMBERS (Chameleon Television/BBC 2); the RTS award-winning DECISIONS (Chameleon/Channel 4) and episodes of THE BILL (Talkback Thames), HEARTBEAT (YTV), SOLDIER, SOLDIER (Central TV/ITV 1), CHILDREN’S WARD (Granada), and CHALKFACE (BBC 2). For children, he has written for THE WORST WITCH (Global Arts/ITV1), the Bafta-nominated series screened in more than 60 countries, and its spin-off shows WEIRDSISTER COLLEGE (Global Arts/ITV 1) and THE NEW WORST WITCH (Global Arts/ITV 1).
Garry also writes for radio. Credits include DISTANT WHISPERS (BBC Radio 4) and AMAZONIA (Crosslab Productions/BBC Radio 3). In recent years, he has taught dramatic writing as far afield as the USA, Australia, New Zealand, India, China and numerous countries in Europe. He is a co-founder of the International Screenwriting Research Network, and in 2013 was awarded a Harry Ransom Humanities Fellowship by the University of Texas-Austin.
His most recent stage play is THE LAST SEAM for Cast in Doncaster.