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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.

Advisory Boards

I am on the editorial advisory board for Women: A Cultural Review and Life Writing.

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, Books and Borders at Traquair House, and Exeter's Text Festival, since 2004. I have also given public lectures including at The Women’s Library, London.

Television and radio

I am available for media interviews, having been interviewed on BBC Radio 4's 'Today Programme' and Woman's Hour; Denham TV Productions for ITV; Al-Jazeera TV; Australian ABC Radio National andBBC Southern Counties Radio.

Public bodies

2008-present, QueenSpark Books, Management Committee; 2003-2007 Exeter Arts Council, Management Committee.