Author: John Elsom

John is a freelance writer. His works include books, plays, musicals and extensive journalism. 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. He 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. His latest book, 'State of Paralysis - a Cultural History of Brexit' is out now.

Neighbourhood whispers: the quiet rebels of Amersham

John Elsom
Amersham by-election

As Batley and Spen goes to the polls, with the Conservatives and Labour both looking to secure over 40 percent of the vote share, John Elsom provides a Liberal Democrat reflection on the country’s last by-election – 180 miles away in Amersham.


The BBC and Diana-gate

John Elsom

Among those quick to attack (and defend) the BBC for the deplorable tactics whereby Martin Bashir obtained his interview with Princess Diana in 1995, one voice has been notably silent – that of John Birt, the BBC’s director general at the time. Fortunately, his valuable opinions have not been lost.