Michelene Wandor is a playwright, poet, short story writer, critic and musician. Her dramatisation of Eugene Sue's The Wandering Jew
(London, New York: Methuen, 1987) was the first drama by a British woman playwright to be staged on one of the National Theatre's main stages. She wrote Tales I Tell My Mother
, with Sara Maitland, Zoe Fairbairns, Michele Roberts and Valerie Miner (London: Pluto Press, 1978), co-wrote Arky Types
with Sara Maitland (London: Methuen, 1987) and her stage plays include 'Care and Control' (in Strike While The Iron is Hot
, London: Journeyman Press, 1980). She edited the first anthology of writings about the Women's Liberation Movement, The Body Politic: Women's Liberation in Britain 1969-1972
(London: Stage 1, 1972) followed by a book based on interviews, Once a Feminist: Stories of a Generation
(London: Virago, 1990). Her award-winning prolific work for BBC radio includes Courtly Love
(Radio 3, 2012), about Isabella d'Este and Lucrezia Borgia, and Tulips in Winter
(Radio 3, 2008) about Spinoza. Her non-fiction books include Look Back in Gender: sexuality and the family in post-war British drama
(London: Methuen, 1987) and the first history of creative writing in the UK, The Author is not Dead, Merely Somewhere Else: creative writing reconceived
(Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Her poetry collection, Musica Transalpina
(Todmorden: Arc Publications2006) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
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