Jackie Carreira is a writer, designer, musician and co-founder of QuirkHouse Theatre Company. British-born of Portuguese parents, she grew up in Hackney, East London and also lived in Lisbon for a few years as a child. After travelling the world playing music throughout her twenties with a variety of rock and indie bands, she hung up her bass guitar and picked up a pen. She's been writing ever since and twice been a winner of the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama. Some of her plays are available online via lazybeescripts.co.uk. She has published two novels with Matador - the first, SLEEPING THROUGH WAR was her debut, published in 2018, and THE SEVENTH TRAIN (based on one of her award-winning plays) was published in 2019. She has also since published two collections of short stories and poetry, the most recent in collaboration with her husband, actor AJ Deane. If Jackie could have another life, she would be a full-time philosopher and get paid to ask questions all day.