'The true democratisation of the arts… feels more vital than ever’

A celebrated writer, a visionary theatre-maker, and a creative force, Stella is a prolific author but these days, her heart is in ‘Fun Palaces’.

Inspired by theatre legend Joan Littlewood, they are places where anyone can be an artist or a scientist - a day-long national event offering everybody the opportunity to take part in high or low culture, fine art or finger-painting, balloon animals and botany, particle physics or poker. 143 different venues took part in 2014 - the very first year.

A vision to take the arts out of the hands of the money-ed middle classes and make it truly accessible to everyone, no matter their income or taste.