I’m a cultural historian working on radio and television programmes on literary, dramatic and historical themes in 20th-century Britain. My writings centre around questions of adaptation, intermediality, audience experience and education, exploring the roles that these mass media had in the lives of individuals from 1922. I have a sustained interest in ancient Greece (especially its drama and poetry) in these media and I regularly focus on the radio and television work of literary and dramatic figures such as Harold Pinter, Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas, or practitioners such as Barbara Bray and Joan Kemp-Welch.
Currently, I am based in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading in a part-time research post on the AHRC-funded Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project (2017-19); I am also Visiting Fellow in the School of Arts and Cultures at the Open University (2018-21). Previously I was Mid-Career Research Fellow, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University (2016-17) and Research Fellow, University of Westminster (working with John Wyver on the AHRC-funded Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on British Television project, 2011-17). I have also held research and teaching posts at the Open University (2010-16), the Department of Classics, Northwestern University, Illinois (2009-10) and the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford (2001-09). My earlier experience as an academic librarian working in special collections and archive settings underpins the approach in my historical work.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Associate Editor of The Radio Journal, Secretary of the Southern Broadcasting History Group, and a member of the UK Radio Archives Advisory Committee. I curate and contribute to occasional public engagement events for the British Library and BFI Southbank that draw on my archival research. I recently gave an interview on BBC R4’s PM programme on BBC Genome’s publication of the facsimilies of 1930s Radio Times and wrote an article in the BBC History Magazine (March 2018); on the theatre side, I recently contributed liner notes for the BFI’s Pinter at the BBC 5-DVD set and essays to the Jamie Lloyd Company’s Pinter at the Pinter book.
My third monograph, Greece on Screen: Greek Plays on British Television, is under contract with Oxford University Press; it will be a companion volume to Greece on Air: Engagements with Ancient Greece on BBC Radio, 1920s-60s (OUP, 2015). My first monograph is a theatre history of the city and University of Oxford (2011). My publications page lists other work in print. I am currently writing a number of essays on topics as diverse as arts and humanities education via British radio in the interwar period and Harold Pinter’s intermediality.
I have edited a number of essay collections: e.g. Radio Modernisms: Features, Cultures and the BBC (Media History 24.2 (2018), a special issue co-edited with Aasiya Lodhi) and Ancient Greece on British Television, co-edited with Fiona Hobden (Edinburgh, 2018).
Dr Amanda Wrigley, Oxfordshire