Irene Lofthouse

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Irene Lofthouse





Writer, storyteller, playwright, creative consultant, facilitator

About me

Author, writer, storyteller playwright, actor, director, dramaturg, creative consultant and facilitator who’s regularly commissioned to perform pieces at festivals around the country, and work is featured in exhibitions, on lock gates, has beamed onto buildings and been carved in stone.

Irene’s been a writer-in-residence with libraries across Yorkshire, NHS Leeds and Calderdale and currently a WiR with First Story. She’s a consultant/writer on HLF projects ‘Threads of War’, ‘Seeds of the Past’, Roots Around Paddock (RAP); writer/storyteller on suffrage projects with minority groups; educational facilitator on environmental themes with Aire Rivers Trust; consultant/writer/storyteller with Historic England exploring heritage through literacy/poetry/drama, creative writing tutor for FE, HE and independently.

Irene’s appeared at Edinburgh Fringe, in films, on radio and in many regional productions; adapted stories and hidden histories for stage and radio. Co-founder of and Artistic Director of Fresh Aire Productions with Pete Aveyard (writer for HIGNFY). Their Queens of Dawson City’ radio sitcom Series 1 has featured on many local radio stations and Series 2 is currently airing via podcast. Under Their Feet’ a recent play based on a true suffrage story is set to tour in 2019.

She was a selected finalist in Mikron Theatre’s 2018 writing course. Trustee of Script Yorkshire; member of Equity, Society of Authors, National Association of Writers in Education, Writers Guild, 26 Characters, JB Priestley Society, Friends of Bradford’s Becks

Winner of regional and national Age Positive Award, 2001, Dept of Work and Pensions

Children’s Books:

Strange Tales in Bradford Dale, 2016, Gizmo Publications, Amazon

Strange Tales in the Dales, 2015, Gizmo Publications, Amazon


The Hat Box’ and Palacio de Cristal’, 2018,

Invisible Man’ Armistice 100 Days, 2018, 26 Characters/IWM

Stories from Stone’ (writer/editor), 2018, Gizmo Publications, Amazon

A Stitch in Time’, 2017, Tyto Alba, Comma Press, Amazon e-book

Mary, Mary’, 2017, 26 Twits/Roald Dahl Centre

I Love You’, 2016, 26 Lies/Free Word Centre

Rock to Seahouses’, 2016, 26 Steps

Lady Val’, 2015, Write a Wish

Betty the Beautiful’, 2015, Under a Northern Sky

Ballad of Bodmin Moor’ 2015, 26 Postcodes

Scrolling Past’ 2015, 26 Pairs of Eyes/Foundling Museum

A Notebook’, 2014, 26 Designs/FIESTA

Plays & Performances

Under Their Feet’, 2018, dramaturg. True suffrage story (Bradford Cathedral, touring 2019)

Protestors4Peace: Bradford Women’s Humanity League 1916/18’, 2018 (Delius Centre, Bradford)

Mrs Norton, Working Woman’, suffragette story, 2018 (Bradford, Leeds Libraries, Shipley Glen ‘Rally’)

Margaret Graham, Female Aerialist’, 2018 (Piece Hall, Halifax)

Over the Edge’, duologue 2018 (Pub Theatre Leeds)

Tragedy of Mary Ryan at Newlands Mill’, 2017 (Bradford Industrial Museum)

Carol’, Christmas Presence’, 2017, (Pub Theatre Leeds)

Words, Women & War: Forgotten Female Voices of the Great War’, 2016 (still touring literature/arts festivals, schools, libraries, museums. Next at York Lit Fest, March 2109)

I’ll be Watching You’, 2010, (Domestic abuse conference Leeds/York)

Uncle Phil on TV’’ 2008, adaptation of JB Priestley short story (Bradford Cathedral)

Tel: 07899 007 327

FB: loftywriter


Latest 26 images

Disused pub in Hoxton by Andy York
Photo by Lucy Beevor
Image by Tony Linkson
Found on the island of Giglio, Italy by Chris Bird.
26 Screenshot by Lara Muth
I live at number 26, and this is my bin!  Rebecca Thomas
Captured in Venice by Elen Lewis
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Distance markers on a disused railway in East Sussex. The Cuckoo Line.  By Tony Linkson
Spotted by Marin Lee at the Serpentine in Hyde Park
Spotted in Copenhagen by Helen MacKinven.
Spotted on the airfield of Tivat airport in Montenegro by Martin Lee
I took this picture in a fabulous vegan and raw food restaurant in Turin - Ezri Carlebach
Spotted in Capri by Laura Hunter
Woods near Jouqueviel, Midi-Pyrenees, 10 minutes after I had told my walking group about 26. They gave me a funny look. By David Mathews
Image by Ed Pritchard
Image by Lydia Thornley in Krakow
Spotted in Belfast by Jonathan Holt
From Christmas travels in Krakow by Lydia Thornley
Night time lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley
Daytime lamp from Christmas travels in Krakow by  Lydia Thornley