Publishing and writing career
Cheryl is an award-winning writer who has written articles,
essays, intros, books and plays.
She has had several plays produced on the London fringe to acclaim
and achieved her MA in Playwriting at Birmingham University. She won
the Croydon Warehouse International Playwriting Competition and her work
was longlisted for the Bruntwood prize.
Cheryl founded Aurora Metro Books in 1990 and was mentored by
Ros de Lanerolle of the Women's Press and Carole Spedding of
Feminist Book Fortnight.
As a publisher she has commissioned a diverse range of titles and edited over 100 books. Her work has been recognised both at the Independent Publishers' Guild where Aurora Metro Books was twice shortlisted for a Diversity Award and by ITV's National Diversity Awards, where she was shortlisted for a Lifetime Achiever Award and as Entrepreneur of the Year. She has published the work of over 300 authors from around the world
including translations from over 20 languages.
You can find out more at: www.aurorametro.com
Listen to Cheryl speak about publishing here:
THE ARTS COUNCIL COMMISSION/OPTION AWARD
THE ARTS COUNCIL THEATRE WRITERS' BURSARY
THE PANDORA AWARD FROM WOMEN IN PUBLISHING - WINNER
THE CROYDON WAREHOUSE INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL -WINNER
THE MAVERICK AWARD FOR 'CELLULOID CEILING BOOK' FROM MAVERICK FILM FESTIVAL, USA
THE RAYMOND WILLIAMS PUBLISHING PRIZE FROM ARTS COUNCIL, UK - WINNER.
THE GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK BEST SEASONAL COOKBOOK UK - WINNER
THE GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK MOST INNOVATIVE COOKBOOK - WINNER
THE GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK - SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR PEACE
THE RAYMOND WILLIAMS PUBLISHING PRIZE FROM ARTS COUNCIL, UK - RUNNER-UP
THE MARSH AWARD FOR CHILDREN'S LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION - SHORTLISTED (5 TIMES)
THE ROGER LEACH MEMORIAL PRIZE - SHORTLIST
THE PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE - SHORTLIST
PICK OF THE FRINGE - CITY LIMITS
THE BRUNTWOOD PRIZE FOR PLAYWRITING - LONGLIST
THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS' GUILD DIVERSITY AWARD - SHORTLIST 2019
THE ITV NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS - LIFETIME ACHIEVER - SHORTLIST 2019
THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS' GUILD DIVERSITY AWARD - SHORTLIST 2020
THE ITV NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS - LIFETIME ACHIEVER - SHORTLIST 2022
WRITING AND INTERVIEWS
To read some of her books go here.
Silent Women; pioneers of cinema was voted Best Book on Silent Film 2016.