Jan Needle was born in 1943 on the South Coast. He moved to the north-west at the age of twenty to join the Daily Herald. He was a full-time journalist until the age of 25, when he left to take a degree at Manchester University. He started writing plays for stage and radio, followed by short stories and novels. Later he did more journalism, radio and television plays, and some drama criticism. His novels are ALBESON AND THE GERMANS (1977), MY MATE SHOFIQ and A FINE BOY FOR KILLING. He is also writing some nautical historica fiction and has done a young person's version of MOBY DICK and DRACULA, also some TV scripts for "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "Sooty and Sweep".
The plays I've identified are listed below. Those with asterisks are known to exist in VRPCC collections.
BBC RADIO PLAYS
NOTES ON THE PLAYS
CELEBRATION FOR A MILLION DEATHS....1976
MEN OF VIOLENCE....c1985
Nigel Deacon / Diversity Website
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