Michelene Wandor


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I am a playwright, poet, short story writer, reviewer, broadcaster, theatre historian, musician and a teacher of creative writing.. I do readings of my own work, and perform Renaissance and Baroque music with my early music group, The Siena Ensemble.

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BA Hons., English, Newnham College, University of Cambridge
MA, Sociology of Literature, University of Essex
LTCL, DipTCL, Trinity College of Music, London
M.Mus, University of London and Trinity College of Music

Awards and Nominations
Dust in the Sugar House
Feature on the life and work of writer Antonia White. Runner-up for Pye Radio Award, 1979. (Radio 3: 45 mins.)

The Ultimate Astonisher
Feature on the life and work of writer Dorothy Richardson. Copy in the National Sound Archives, 1982. (Radio 3: 45 mins.)

Dramatisation of novel by H. G. Wells. Runner-up for Sony Radio Award, 1984. (Radio 4: five parts, 55 mins each.)

The Belle of Amherst
Adaptation of stage play by William Luce. International Emmy Award, 1987. (Thames TV: 50 mins.) Starring Claire Bloom.

Ben Venga Maggio
Poem-play woven round Italian Renaissance carnival music. Runner-up for the Innsbruck Early Music Festival Prize, 1990. Nominated for Sony Radio Award, 1991. Nominated for Prix Italia, 1991. (Radio 3: 40 mins.) Starring Fiona Shaw.

The Courtier, the Prince and the Lady
Play set in Renaissance Italy. Nominated for Sony Radio Award, 1990. (Radio 3: 40 mins.)

Cassette - The jungle BookThe Jungle Book
Dramatisation of stories by Rudyard Kipling. Nominated for Best Radio Dramatisation, Writers' Guild Award, 1994. (Radio 5: 5 x 30 mins. BBC Enterprises cassette.)
Starring Eartha Kitt.


Cassette - The Piano

The Piano
Dramatisation of the novel of the film. Nominated for Best Dramatisation, Writers' Guild Award, 1996. (Radio 4, 3 x 60 mins, Classic Serial.)
(Audio Cassette, BBC/Polygram)


cover - Musica TransalpnaMusica Transalpina (poetry):
Arc Publications Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Spring 2006.

Michelene Wandor's best book yet. She combines her erudition and passion as poet, musician and scholar in a collection that gives immense pleasure, and also continually challenges the reader with the force and variety of its ideas.
Alan Brownjohn.

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Musica Transalpina

Royal Literary Fund Fellow, 2004-2009.


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