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Winsome Pinnock wins 2018 Alfred Fagon Award

The award was presented by Eclipse Theatre's artistic director Dawn Walton

Winsome Pinnock
© Bronwen Sharp

Winsome Pinnock's play Rockets and Blue Lights has won this year's Alfred Fagon Award.

Presented to her by Dawn Walton (artistic director of Eclipse Theatre), the award is given on a yearly basis to the best new play by a black British writer.

Pinnock, who has previously won the George Devine Award, the Unity Theatre Trust Prize and the Pearson Plays on Stage Award, has written plays such as Talking in Tongues, Water and Leave Taking, which was recently revived at the Bush Theatre in a critically acclaimed new production.

The shortlist for the award also comprised of Chinonyerem Odimba's Princess and The Hustler (which will embark on a UK tour next year), Foxes by Dexter Flanders, Tife Kusoro's Butterfly and Pan Lid by David Judge.

Rex Obano was the recipient of the Roland Rees Bursary, which is given on an annual basis to help support writers dedicate more time to their craft.

The awards honour the memory of boxer, actor, playwright and poet Alfred Fagon, who died in 1986. Previous Alfred Fagon Award winners include Lorna French and Michaela Coel.