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Profile: Dr Joanne Reardon

Dr Joanne Reardon

The Open University, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Dr Joanne Reardon is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Open University. She studied an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and after more than ten years working in theatre and broadcasting, went on to Lancaster University where she received her PhD. She taught Creative Writing at Lancaster University and Edge Hill University, before joining the OU in 2005.

Joanne has over 20 years of teaching creative writing in community and higher education settings. Her research interests include travel writing with a writing blog which reflects on creativity in terms of place, writing and retreat, in her blog A Writer Retreats. She’s also developed a short course on ‘Travel Writing’ for the OU which will be available to students in 2022. She works with visual artists collaborating on site specific projects in museums and art galleries and her poetry and short stories have been published and displayed at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester; Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and Burgh House Museum, Hampstead. She writes drama, poetry and her most recent novel, The Weight of Bones, was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press debut novel award and published by Cinnamon in 2020. Joanne has also published academic papers on ‘the voice of the victim’ in crime fiction as well as on the voice in short fiction on radio. She is currently working on a travel memoir about walking close to home.

Before joining the OU, Joanne worked with BBC Radio Drama as a freelance Producer where she developed work by new writers for the flagship Radio 4 short story series ‘Opening Lines’ as well as producing two series of classic crime fiction readings for BBC 4extra. As Literary Manager at the Bush Theatre and a Literary Associate at the National Theatre in London in the 1990’s, she worked as a dramaturg with new and established writers including David Eldridge, Conor McPherson and Tamsin Oglesby. Her own scriptwriting credits for radio include original plays and abridged readings for BBC Radio Drama. You can find out more from her academic profile.

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Dr Joanne Reardon's Research & Publications

Reardon, J. & Kenton Webb, R. (2016) Still Life with Blackbirds, London: Artists’ Choice Editions.


Jo Reardon (2020) The Weight of Bones, Gwynedd: Leaf by Leaf by Cinnamon Press.

Reardon, J. ‘Ekphrasis in Still Life with Black Birds: Finding a new space - art and prose in collaboration’ (2020) in Writing in Practice, Vol 6, pp.40-52.

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