Our Judges — The Loneliness Project

Our Judges — The Loneliness Project

17 May 2016

We are delighted to reveal our judges for our Of Mice and Men Loneliness Project. 

We started our Loneliness Project way back in January when Of Mice and Men started rehearsals at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Since then, we've had over 500 submissions! Each week, the poetry shortlist has been growing, with our judges selecting their favourites for the Of Mice and Men cast to read to camera backstage at theatres across the country. So who's judging this project we hear you cry? Well, we've received all submissions and it's about time we introduce you to the judges! 

Of Mice and Men Loneliness Project

Jacqui Rowe
Jacqui Rowe writes poetry and fiction. She has had four pamphlets of poetry published and her work has appeared in a number of leading magazines. She has also read her own poems on Radio 4's Poetry Please, hosted by Roger McGough. She was shortlisted in the Mslexia Short Story Competition in 2015. She is co-editor of the award-winning press Flarestack Poets. She has worked extensively as a writer in health and social care settings, including making poetry with people living with dementia. Having been Writer-in-Residence at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham in 2013-14, she now runs the creative writing programme there. Jacqui is currently working on a trilogy of novels that might be described as Dr Who meets Jane Austen with a nod to 'Gulliver's Travels'.

Jacqui in her own words
I've had some success in writing competitions myself and I think they're important for stretching writers and giving them something to aim at.

Ronnie Dorsey
Ronnie has worked in the theatre industry for nearly forty years, finishing her professional career as Costume Supervisor for Sir Peter Hall and Designer John Gunter.  She has been a poet all her life and is driven to write almost every day. It wasn't until twenty years ago that she started to perform and share her work, a small selection of which can be found at ronniedorsey.com. More recently, she has begun writing and producing her own plays. The latest, 'Queen Lear', will be at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2016. 

Dudley Sutton
Dudley's career has spanned five decades of performances in television, film and theatre. He is currently playing Candy in Of Mice and Men. He is a writer and poet and has performed his work across many poetry organisations and events.


Of Mice and Men premieres at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where it runs from 4 to 13 February 2016. It then tours to Cheltenham, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Darlington, Blackpool, Cambridge, Brighton, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Oxford and Leicester where it concludes on 28 May.