After graduating with a degree in English and History, an MA in Shakespeare Studies, and training as a journalist, Heidi Stephenson initially worked in theatre for many years, and as an associate producer in television, making arts programmes and documentaries, (including for The South Bank Show,) before turning her attentions to full-time writing.
Her work includes a screenplay White Rose (about student resisters Hans and Sophie Scholl who were executed in their fight against Hitler), a stage play, Mirror, Mirror and the radio plays, Little Healer (the true story of child healer, Linda Martel) and Laika (about the Russian dog who was sent on a tragic one-way mission into space as the first living being). Both the latter are currently with the BBC. She is co-author of the book, Rage and Reason: Women Playwrights on Playwriting (Methuen, 1997).
Projects in development include Blue Rider, a radio play about German Expressionist painter Franz Marc; The Brown Dog Riots, a radio play about the horrific death of the ‘little brown dog’ which birthed the Edwardian anti-vivisection movement and caused riots in London, and The Demon’s Trial, an adaptation of J.C. Costa’s novella of the same name, also for radio.
The Witches of Bideford was first produced by BBC Radio Devon in August 2006.