Ray Hopkins.

Ray Hopkins is a playwright, short-story writer, novelist, poet, songwriter and editor. He was born, lives and works in Sunderland.

Ray’s first full length play, ‘Bait Time,’ was selected by Sunderland Creative Writing CIC as part of the Drafted project. The play was rehearsed over one week in October 2021, with a performance of the first act taking place at Arts Centre Washington.

Rehearsals for ‘Bait Time’ at The Fire Station, Sunderland, October 2021.

In January 2022, Ray, along with fellow editor Catherine O’Neill, launched the online lit-mag, Holmeside Writing.

He is currently editing his first novel ‘The Kalinouski Tree‘ due for completion in 2022.

The Kalinouski Tree by Ray Hopkins.

In 2021, Ray’s poem, ‘In the Mirror of the People You Hate’, was part in the online exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death, A Tale of a Few Cities

In 2019 he was awarded a place on a course at The Live Theatre, Newcastle, for emerging local playwrights.

‘Hero With A Small Case’ was his first play to be professionally staged as part of the Museum Pieces event at Sunderland Winter Gardens and Museum.

Ray Hopkins at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens 2019.

In 2018 his short story, ‘I Want To Get Off’, was published as part of the Found Object Project.

In 2017 he was awarded a place on the Writers Block NE mentoring scheme.

In 2016 ‘Rockpool Reflections’ was published in the anthology, ‘Wear’d Tales’.

Find Ray at: https://mobile.twitter.com/rhayopkins


Bernie the cat and Ray Hopkins.