Carole Hayman


Carole Hayman is a Writer, Producer & Presenter. She was born in Kent, which has featured in her trilogy of novels, “The Warfleet Chronicles”. Her early work was with The Bristol Old Vic, The Royal Court and Traverse Theatres, from which she went on to become a founder member and first woman director of the Joint Stock Theatre Company. She was an Associate Director of The Royal Court Theatre, for which she directed many World Premieres.

Carole writes for radio, television and film. On radio, she is well known as writer of the Radio 4 hit series “Ladies of Letters” with Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge, which has run for twelve series on radio and three series on ITV . She has written many other TV series and films, including The Refuge with Sue Townsend for Channel Four and Rides, the first ever all female TV drama, for BBC1.

Most are available as books, audio books and DVDs.

Carole has published and broadcast many short stories and pieces of cultural journalism, including features for the Independent, the Guardian, the Express, The Sunday Times, The Mail and a regular column for The Saturday Independent, “My Lofty Life”.  “Lofty Life” an animated film based on the column, was made with an award from the UK Film Council. It has appeared in film festivals world wide and is currently available on broadband websites including Vimeo & Youtube,



Carole’s political satire novel, Hard Choices, was published in 2003 by Aurora Metro Press and immediately short-listed for The Silver Booker prize for Wit. It was re-published in 2015 by PenSup Publishing.

Carole was an Arts & Humanities Research Council Fellow @ Kings College London, where she made a study on Women & Serial Killers. Called ‘No One Escapes’ this became a highly acclaimed 4 Screen Video Installation. Funded by Wellcome, it was shown in the Brighton Festival @ Fabrica Gallery and all over the UK in high, medium and low secure units, Universities, NHS facilities, forensic and arts conferences and prisons. Carole has recently completed a factual book based on her experiences while making NOE.

She has written her first Opera, loosely based on the material – called THE HIVE – it was very well received at The Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Opera Festival Summer 2016 and at Tete a Tete’s Opera Festival Summer 2017.

Carole has been a Trustee of several literary and cultural organisations in London and the Southeast. She runs regular literary workshops and salons and teaches creative writing at UAL – LCC, Leeds Becket and Northampton Universities.

Carole is a regular contributor to the BBC as a writer and presenter.  For the BBC she has made many dramas and series and a number of documentaries, including ‘Inside the Unit’ broadcast in 2015.

She is currently making a series of podcasts about an inner city in the 80s, co-written with Sue Townsend and adapting one of her own crime novels for television.


Feeding refugees in Calais