Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford Brookes' Associate Lecturer to have radio play broadcast on BBC Radio 4

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing, Sam Thompson will have his radio play, The Fox Wife, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 12 June at 11:15pm as part of Dreaming the City – a series of four journeys into the dark, recurring dreams of the city. Four writers have collaborated with documentary-makers Russell Finch and Francesca Panetta to uncover the unsaid obsessions of city life.
Sam is a Man Booker-longlisted novelist (for his first novel Communion Town) and Oxford academic, who taught a Creative Writing Specialist Option to final-year English students this past semester. The Fox Wife, is the second episode of the series, and is set in Oxford.
In Oxford, we follow a man whose wife has turned into a fox. These experimental radio features blend archive, fiction and documentary footage. What's real and what's fiction becomes unclear, just like in the city. A city isn't just a location on the map, it's a place we imagine, dream about, invent. A place to love, to endure or to resent. A place where you can find anything - but it always has a price. You don't need to live in a city - it's part of the universal imagination. But the way we think of it has common dark undertones, recurring dreams that come round again and again. These late night woozy dreamscapes uncover those unsaid obsessions, each taking a different theme, and question why these ideas seem to keep coming back in the way we imagine urban living.