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Dr Margaretta Jolly

Post:Reader in Cultural Studies (Media and Film, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies)
Other posts:Director (Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873585
International:+44 1273 873585

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Margaretta Jolly is a cultural critic with a particular interest in life writing and life history. Her work has focused on auto/biography and oral history, feminist theory and social movement history.


I am Reader in Cultural Studies with a specialism in Life Writing, Life History and Audio/Visual Life Story-telling, in the School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex. I direct the University's Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research.

See under 'Teaching' for more detail of my fields of interest, including areas of PhD supervision.

Community and Business


I have undertaken a range of consultancies and training in oral history and life writing, including with the Open University and the International Labour Organisation.


Literary festivals and public lectures

I have worked as chair, interviewer and programmer for the Brighton Literary Festival, the Cheltenham Literary Festival, the Bath Literary Festival and Exeter's Text Festival, since 2004. I have also given public lectures including at The Women’s Library, London.


Television and radio

BBC Radio 4, 'Today Programme' on Mass Observation; Denham TV Productions for ITV, filmed for ‘Letters in the Attic’; Al-Jazeera TV, Filmed for ‘Everywoman’, on women’s social movements; Australian ABC Radio National, ‘The Book Show’, on the art of letter writing; Women’s Hour, Radio 4, on my book Dear Laughing Motorbyke: Letters from Women Welders; BBC Southern Counties Radio on the Mass-Observation Archive


Public bodies

2008-present       QueenSpark Books, Management Committee

2003-2007           Exeter Arts Council, Management Committee