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Michelene Wandor is a prolific twentieth-century and contemporary writer of stage plays, radio drama, short stories, poetry, reviews, theatre criticism, and a co-authored novel. A passionate feminist, she became an energetic force in alternative theatre in Britain in the 1970s, involving herself in radical theatre groups in various capacities, including that of playwright. Since then she has been a frequent radio writer, often adapting novels, especially by women, for radio. Apart from her high profile in radio drama and broadcasting, and the warm reception of her recent poetry publications, her editorial work has made a lasting contributio: the first anthology of the British women's liberation movement, The Body Politic, 1972, as well as volumes of women's plays. Bibliographic Citation link. She has recently pursued interests in music, in the working out of Jewish identity, and in recasting work in different forms.
20 April 1940 Michelene Samuels (later MW) was born in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
1970 MW's first two plays, "Bragafruit" and "You Two Can Be Ticklish", were produced at pub theatres in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
November 1972 MW compiled the first, highly influential anthology of writings from the current feminist wave, The Body Politic: Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement in Britain, 1969-1972, published by Stage 1. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 January 2006 Musica Transalpina, MW's next poetry collection, featured another re-telling of the story of the biblical Book of Esther. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 April 2008 Palgrave Macmillan published MW's The Author is Not Dead, Merely Somewhere Else: Creative Writing Reconceived: the first history of an increasingly popular subject of study. Bibliographic Citation link.
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