Dea Birkett

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Dea Birkett (born 1958) is a British writer, journalist, broadcaster and a former circus performer.[1] She has written on social issues for The Guardian and broadcasts for BBC Radio 4. She is director of the charity Kids in Museums.

She was awarded the Somerset Maugham Award in 1993 for Jella.


  • Spinsters Abroad (1989)
  • Jella: A Woman at Sea (1992)
  • Mary Kingsley: Imperial Adventuress (1992)
  • Serpent in Paradise (1997)


  1. ^ Dea Birkett "Down to the wire", The Guardian, 20 June 2007

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