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Born 10 October 1930 in East London. He is married to Lady Antonia Fraser.
THE ROOM (1957); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1957); THE DUMB WAITER (1957); A SLIGHT ACHE (1958); THE HOTHOUSE (1958); THE CARETAKER (1959); SKETCHES: The Black and White; Trouble in the Works (1959); Last to Go; Request Stop; Special Offer (1960); That's Your Trouble; That's All; Interview(1964); A NIGHT OUT (1959); NIGHT SCHOOL (1960); THE DWARFS (1960); THE COLLECTION (1961); THE LOVER (1962); TEA PARTY (1964); THE HOMECOMING (1964); THE BASEMENT (1966); LANDSCAPE (1967); SILENCE (1968); SKETCH Night (1969); OLD TIMES (1970); MONOLOGUE (1972); NO MAN'S LAND (1974); BETRAYAL (1978); FAMILY VOICES (1980); and with VICTORIA STATION and A KIND OF ALASKA under the title OTHER PLACES (1982); SKETCH Precisely (1983); ONE FOR THE ROAD (1984); MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (1988); THE NEW WORLD ORDER (1991); PARTY TIME (1991); MOONLIGHT (1993); ASHES TO ASHES (1996); CELEBRATION (1999); SKETCH Press Conference (2002); SKETCH Apart From That (2006).
THE CARETAKER (1962); THE PUMPKIN EATER (1963); THE SERVANT (1963); THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (1965); ACCIDENT (1966); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1967); THE GO-BETWEEN (1969); THE HOMECOMING (1969); LANGRISHE GO DOWN (1970) adapted for TV 1978; A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU (1972) not filmed; THE LAST TYCOON(1974); THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN (1980); BETRAYAL (1981); VICTORY (1982) not filmed; TURTLE DIARY (1984); THE HANDMAID'S TALE (1987); REUNION (1988); THE HEAT OF THE DAY (1988); THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS (1989); THE TRIAL (1989); THE DREAMING CHILD (1997) not filmed; THE TRAGEDY OF KING LEAR (2000) not filmed; SLEUTH (2007)
THE COLLECTION (with Peter Hall) (1962); THE LOVER and THE DWARFS (1963); THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (1964); Robert Shaw's THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH London (1967) and New York (1968); James Joyce's EXILES (1970); Simon Gray 's BUTLEY (1971); John Hopkin's NEXT OF KIN (1974); Simon Gray 's OTHERWISE ENGAGED London (1975) and New York (1977); William Archibald's THE INNOCENTS New York (1976); Noel Coward's BLITHE SPIRIT (1976); Simon Gray 's THE REAR COLUMN (1978); Simon Gray 's CLOSE OF PLAY (1979); THE HOTHOUSE (1980); Simon Gray 's QUARTERMAINE'S TERMS (1981); Robert East's INCIDENT AT TULSE HILL (1981); Jean Giraudoux's THE TROJAN WAR WILL NOT TAKE PLACE (1983); Simon Gray 's THE COMMON PURSUIT (1984); ONE FOR THE ROAD (1984); Tennessee Williams' SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1985); Donald Freed's CIRCE AND BRAVO (1986); Jane Stanton Hitchcock's VANILLA (1990); PARTY TIME and MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (1991); THE NEW WORLD ORDER (1991); David Mamet's OLEANNA (1993); LANDSCAPE (1994); Ronald Harwood 's TAKING SIDES (1995); Reginald Rose's TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1996); ASHES TO ASHES 1996; Simon Gray 's LIFE SUPPORT 1997; ASHES TO ASHES in Italy (1997); ASHES TO ASHES in France (1998); Simon Gray 's THE LATE MIDDLE CLASSES (1999); CELEBRATION and THE ROOM (2000); NO MAN'S LAND (2001); Simon Gray 's THE OLD MASTERS (2004)
Simon Gray's THE REAR COLUMN (1980); THE HOTHOUSE (1982); MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE (1988); PARTY TIME (1992); LANDSCAPE (1995); ASHES TO ASHES Italy (1998).
Toured Ireland with Anew McMaster repertory company (1951-52) Donald Wolfit Company, King's Theatre, Hammersmith (1953-54) Rep at Chesterfield, Whitby, Huddersfield, Colchester, Bournemouth, Torquay, Birmingham, Palmers Green, Worthing, Richmond (1953-59) THE CARETAKER - Mick Duchess Theatre (1960) THE HOMECOMING - Lenny Watford Theatre (1969) OLD TIMES - Deeley Los Angeles (1985) NO MAN'S LAND - Hirst Almeida & Comedy Theatre (1992-3) THE HOTHOUSE - Roote Chichester Festival Theatre, Comedy Theatre (1995) LOOK EUROPE! - Tramp, Almeida Theatre (1997) THE COLLECTION - Harry, Gate Theatre, Dublin (1997) & Donmar Warehouse (1998), ONE FOR THE ROAD - Nicolas, New Ambassadors Theatre, London (2001) & Lincoln Center Festival, New York, USA (2001), SKETCH Press Conference, Royal National Theatre (2002)
THE SERVANT - Society Man (1964) ACCIDENT - Bell (1967) THE RISE AND RISE OF MICHAEL RIMMER - Steven Hench (1970) TURTLE DIARY - Man in Bookshop (1985) MOJO - Sam Ross (1997) MANSFIELD PARK - Sir Thomas (1998) THE TAILOR OF PANAMA - Uncle Benny (2000)
A NIGHT OUT - Seeley (1960) HUIS CLOS by Jean Paul Sartre - Garcia (1965) THE BASEMENT - Stott (1967) ROGUE MALE by Clive Donner - Lawyer (1976) LANGRISHE, GO DOWN - Shannon (1978) THE BIRTHDAY PARTY - Goldberg (1987) BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore - John Smith (1997) CATASTROPHE by Samuel Beckett - Director (2000) WIT by Margaret Edson - Father (2000)
PLAYERS - Narrated by Harold Pinter with Edward de Souza FOCUS ON FOOTBALL POOLS and FOCUS ON LIBRARIES (1951) HENRY VIII - Abergevenny (1951) MR PUNCH PASSES - Narrator (1951) A NIGHT OUT - Seeley (1960) THE EXAMINATION - Reading (1962) TEA PARTY - Reading (1964) MONOLOGUE - Man (1975) ROUGH FOR RADIO by Samuel Beckett - Man (1976) BETRAYAL - Robert (1990) THE PROUST SCREENPLAY - The voice of the Screenplay (1995) I HAD TO GO SICK by Julian McLaren Ross - Reading (1998) MOONLIGHT - Andy (2000) A SLIGHT ACHE - Edward (2000)
CBE, 1966; Shakespeare Prize (Hamburg) 1970; European Prize for Literature (Vienna) 1973; Pirandello Prize (Palermo) 1980; Chilean Order of Merit, 1992; The David Cohen British Literature Prize 1995; Honorary fellow of Queen Mary College, London; Laurence Olivier Special Award 1996; Molire d'Honneur, Paris in recognition of his life's work, 1997; Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence 1997; BAFTA Fellowship 1997; Companion of Literature, RSL 1998; The Critics' Circle Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts 2000; Brianza Poetry Prize, Italy 2000; South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, 2001; S.T. Dupont Golden Pen Award 2001 for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature; 'Premio Fiesole ai Maestri del Cinema', Italy, 2001; World Leaders Award, Toronto, Canada, 2001; Hermann Kesten Medallion for outstanding commitment on behalf of persecuted and imprisoned writers, awarded by German P.E.N., Berlin, Germany, 2001; Companion of Honour for services to Literature, 2002; Diploma “ad Honorem”, Teatro Filodrammatici, Milan , Italy 2004; Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 50th Anniversary - Special Award, 2004; Wilfred Owen Poetry Prize, 2005; Frank Kafka Prize, 2005; Nobel Prize for Literature, 2005; European Theatre Prize, 2006; Serbian Foundation Prize, 2006; St George Plaque of the City of Kragujevac, 2006; Legion d'Honneur, 2007
Honorary degrees from the Universities of Reading 1970; Birmingham 1971; Glasgow 1974; East Anglia 1974; Stirling 1979; Brown (Rhode Island) 1982; Hull 1986; Sussex 1990; East London 1994; Sofia (Bulgaria) 1995; Bristol 1998; Goldmiths, University of London 1999; University of Aristotle, Thessaloniki 2000; University of Florence, Italy, 2001; University of Turin, Italy, 2002 and National University of Ireland, Dublin 2004; University of Leeds 2007.
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The elder sister of Virginia Woolf, the daughter of the prominent Victorian writer Sir Leslie Stephen, Vanessa Bell was a well-known painter and designer of the early twentith century. She was a central figure of a group of writers and artists known as the Bloomsbury. When she was seventeen, Vanessa began to take drawing classes. She entered the painting school of Royal Academy Schools in 1901.
In 1907, she married Clive Bell, a poet and an art critic who was also a member of the Bloomsbury group. Vanessa first had a love affair with the artist and critic Roger Fry, and later fell in love forever with the talented artist Duncan Grant. Both of these men were also prominent members of the Bloomsbury circle and had a substantial influence on Vanessa's attitude and on her art. Vanessa had three children, Julian and Quentin Bell, and Angeliclia, the daughter by Duncan.
In addition to her artistic talent, Vanessa was a good writer, who frequently wrote letters to her sister and other members of Bloomsbury. Even Virginia once wrote to Vanessa saying, "You have a touch in letter writing that is beyond me.
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Caws, Mary Ann. Women of Bloomsbury. London: Routledge, 1990
Spalding, Frances. Vanessa Bell. London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985
Naylor, Gillian., Ed. Bloomsbury: The Artists, Authors and Designers By Themselves. Great Britian: Octopus Group/Amazon, 1990
John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter and journalist. He was the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967, until his death in 2004. He was known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style. He was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock, reggae andpunk records on British radio, and he is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in various genres including alternative rock, indie rock, pop, hardcore punk, grindcore, death metal,British hip hop and dance music.
Peel's Radio 1 shows were notable for the regular 'Peel sessions', which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC's studios, and which often provided the first major national coverage to bands that later would achieve great fame (These 'sessions' are similar to 'Live Lounge' sessions recorded today for the station). Another popular feature of his shows was the annual Festive Fifty countdown of his listeners' favourite records of the year. Peel appeared frequently on British television as one of the presenters of Top of the Pops in the 1980s, and he provided voice-over commentary for a number of BBC programmes. He became popular with the audience of BBC Radio 4 for his Home Truths programme which ran from the 1990s, featuring unusual stories from listeners' domestic lives.
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