Dr John Elsom

Dr John Elsom

John is a freelance writer. His works include books, plays, musicals and extensive journalism, including editing 'Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary?' (1989) and writing 'Cold War Theatre' (1992). He began his career as a talent scout and script editor for Paramount Pictures. He was an arts editor for the US magazine, The World and I, and theatre correspondent for the BBC. John was the world president of the International Association of Theatre Critics 1985–92. In 2003, he was decorated by the Romanian President for his services to culture during the Cold War. In 2008, he won the Award of International Outstanding Contribution to the Creative Industry of China. In 2007 he wrote Missing the Point – The rise of High Modernity and the Decline of Everything Else and his latest book, 'State of Paralysis - a Cultural History of Brexit' is out now.

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