Alia Bano won the Charles Wintour Award in 2009 for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards for her play SHADES, which ran at the Royal Court Theatre. She has written for SkyArts2, National Theatre Connections, CBBC Aladdin and Jamillah. Her play Parwana was recently performed at the Wexner Centre in Ohio. She is developing an original TV idea. She supports her writing career by teaching GCSE and A Level English part- time.