William Ash, now a resident of London, was born in Dallas, Texas. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Texas.
Shortly after the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a fighter pilot in Britain. Shot down over France in 1942, he was a prisoner for three years and was awarded the M.B.E. (military division) for his escapes and his membership of the Escape Committee.
After the war he studied Modern Greats at Balliol College, Oxford, and received an M.A. degree. He joined the BBC's External Services and was BBC Representative in India and Pakistan. Transferring to Domestic Services, he was Script Editor of the Radio Drama Department. His book, THE WAY TO WRITE RADIO DRAMA, is considered authoritative. He has lectured widely on the subject and has run many workshops.
He has been Literary Manager of the Soho Poly Theatre and Chairman of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.
His novels (1961-98): The Lotus in the Sky, Choice of Arms, The Longest Way Round, Ride a paper Tiger, Take-Off, Incorporated, Right Side Up, She?, Bold Riot, What's the Big Idea, But My Fist is Free, Rise Like Lions.
Non-Fiction (1964-97): Marxism and Moral Concepts, Pickaxe and Rifle-The story of the Albanian people, Morals and Politics- The Ethics of Revolution, A Red Square- The Autobiography of an Unconventional Revolutionary, The Way to Write Radio Drama, Marxist Morality.
BBC Radio Broadcasts:
Original Radio Plays
Asterisked items known to exist in VRPCC collections.
Ride A Paper Tiger....1968
The Broughton Butcher....1989
The Spoils Of Poynton....1980
The Blithedale Romance....1980
Anthills Of The Savannah....1989
The Man-Eater of Malgudi....1991
snt=Saturday Night Theatre
List of plays kindly supplied by Bill Ash.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity Website
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