Tim FirthTim Firth began writing when he was eighteen on an Arvon Foundation course in Yorkshire, run by Willy Russell and Danny Hiller. After studying at Cambridge for three years, his first professional commissions were "Heartlands" for Chichester, directed by Sam Mendes, and "A Man of Letters" for the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Tim's subsequent work included "Neville's Island" (1993) and "The End of the Food Chain" (1994), both for the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The Nottingham Playhouse production of "Neville's Island" went on to the Apollo Theatre in London's West End where it was nominated for an Evening Standard award and four Laurence Olivier awards. It has since been produced regularly in the UK and all over the world, and translated into several languages. The television film of Neville's Island (1998) (TV) (directed by Terry Johnson and starring Timothy Spall and Martin Clunes) was screened on ITV. Tim Firth was awarded a Development Funding Grant in 2010 at Tribeca Film Festival for Map of the Universe.