Sam Burns is a Cardiff-born playwright, now living in the Shetland Islands. She worked for several years as an editor for a small publishing company and more recently as an assistant to a gardener. Her produced work includes a piece in Paines Plough's Come to Where I'm From, Two Bears for Sixty-Six Books at the Bush Theatre, Amnesty in Agent 160 Presents Agent 160 and The Ostrich, a 15-minute play for BBC Radio Wales' Dylan Thomas season in late 2014.
Her first full-length play, Not the Worst Place, was produced by Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Sherman Cymru in April-May 2014, and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in 2011. Her radio play Floor 13 aired on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Drama slot in late May 2017.