Born in East London to Caribbean parents Juliet Gilkes Romero, is both a playwright and a journalist. She worked for the BBC, reporting from countries including Ethiopia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, before graduating with an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2009 Gilkes-Romero won the Best Play Award at the Writers Guild of Great Britain for her play At the Gates of Gaza, produced at Birmingham Rep in 2008.

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