Hattie Naylor was studying painting at the Slade School of Art when her first play was accepted in the BBC Radio Young Playwrights Festival. She then went on to study mime before concentrating on playwriting. She has written for stage, film, radio and opera. She has won several national and international awards for her plays and has had a number of her short stories broadcast on Radio 4, including Mathilde, which opened the Bath Literary Festival in 2008.
Her short film Dusty's Story was part of the London and Edinburgh film festivals in 1998 and broadcast on Channel 4 and in Ireland. Broadcasts for BBC Radio 4 and 3, include Solaris (available on BBC Classics), The Making of Ivan the Terrible, based around an archived conversation between Eisenstein and Stalin, Edith Stein and J'Accuse, a drama concerning the Dreyfus Affair. Theatre and opera work includes Mother Savage for Travelling Light, the opera Odysseus Unwound for TÍte ŗ TÍte, Shiver for Platform 4 and and The Odyssey at Theatre Royal, Bath (published by Methuen). Her blood-thirsty adaptation of The Nutcracker at The Egg, Theatre Royal, Bath performed to sell-out audiences, receiving outstanding reviews. Her adaptation of Samuel Richardsonís Clarissa was broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Classic Serial in Spring 2010.
Current projects include: Ivan and the Dogs (recently broadcast on Radio 4, telling the story of Ivan Mishukov, a boy who lived with a pack of dogs on the streets of Moscow) which is in development with The Soho Theatre, London, an opera with the composer Will Gregory (of Goldfrapp) performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, and a stage version of Ben Hur for Theatre Royal, Bath to be performed in October this year.
Hattie also teaches scriptwriting on the MA courses at Bristol University and Bath Spa University.