1976 – Elected fellow of Royal Society of Literature for two linked novels: The Raining Tree War and African Horse.
1976 – Edinburgh Festival Theatre Fringe Award for Music to Murder By.
1977 – Edinburgh Festival Theatre Fringe Award for Richard III Part 2.
1979 – LS Directors Award (NY) & New York Theatre Yearbookfor Best Forign Play.
1981 – John Whiting Award for Beef (theatre).
1982 – Giles Cooper Award for Ploughboy Monday (radio).
1984 – Plays & Players nomination for Best Play for Masterclass.
1986 – Giles Cooper Award for Ploughboy Moday (radio).
1988 – Los Angeles Drama Desk Award for Master Class.
1993 – Sony Silver Award for Kitty Wilkinson (radio).
1995 – Sony Gold Award for Elgars Third (radio).
2000 – Honourary Doctor of Letters, Keel University.
2013 – Writers Guild Best Radio Play Award for Tennyson and Edison.