Michelene Dinah Wandor (née Samuels, for a time Michelene Victor, born 20 April 1940) is an English playwright, critic, broadcaster, poet, lecturer, and musician. Her parents, Abraham Samuels and Rosalia Wander, were early 20th-century Russian Jewish émigrés.
Life and career
After attending Chingford Secondary Modern and High Schools, Wandor studied English at Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating in 1962. She also has Master's degrees from the University of Essex (Sociology of Literature 1975-76) and in Music from London University/Trinity College of Music, London.
Wandor has been active in the Women's Liberation Movement since 1969 and edited its first collection of essays, The Body Politic, in 1972. Once a Feminist followed in 1990 and is an oral history of the previous 20 years. She was poetry editor of the original Time Out magazine from 1971 to 1982. In 1982 her work was included in Touch Papers: Three Women Poets (with Michèle Roberts and Judith Kazantzis, published by Allison and Busby.
In 1987 she became the first woman to have a play performed on one of the main stages (Lyttelton Theatre) of the National Theatre, The Wandering Jew (from the novel by Eugene Sue). Wandor has adapted numerous novels for BBC Radio since the late 1970s, including works by Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Her collection of short stories False Relations appeared in 2004.
In addition Wandor has written two theatre studies: Carry On, Understudies: Theatre and Sexual Politics (1986, expanded version of Understudies, 1981) and Post-war British Drama: Looking Back in Gender (2001, original edition Look Back in Gender, 1987). For Methuen she has edited four collections of Plays by Women.
Wandor describes herself as "a good Jewish atheist." Her recent poetry reflects her background and the history of Jews in England. Music of the Prophets (2007) commemorates the 350th anniversary of the Jews return to England in 1657 in the era of Cromwell.
A trained early musician, Wandor performs Renaissance and Baroque music with the group "The Siena Ensemble", and has broadcast and recorded in this role.
Wandor has taught at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London Metropolitan University and comparable institutions abroad. At Lancaster University she is currently a lecturer in Creative Writing. In 2008, Macmillan published Wandor's thoughts on this subject, The Author Is Not Dead, Merely Somewhere Else: Creative Writing Reconceived.
- Books - Poetry, Michelene Wandor website.
- Royal Literary Fund biography page.
- "BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial: The Making of a Marchioness".
- M Bobowski The Short Review, n.d.
- Bridget Galton, "Feminist writer Wandors back to her Jewish roots", Hampstead & Highgate Express, 31 May 2007. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
- Litfest (Lancaster) participant page.
- Staff page, University of Lancaster.
- Candi Miller, "The author is not dead, merely somewhere else: creative writing reconceived", English Studies Centre, Newsletter No. 15, October 2008.
- Andrew Palmer, "The Author Is Not Dead, Merely Somewhere Else: Creative Writing Reconceived", Times Higher Education, 4 September 2008.
- "Michelene Wandor Biography (1940-)", Film Reference
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- Official website
- Michelene Wandor at British Council: Literature
- Michelene Wandor's review of Internationalist Theatre production of Griselda Gambaro's The Campand risktaking casting policy, in Time Out, 1981.