Fellow at University of Plymouth, 2009-12
Tina Pepler was born in Baghdad and during her childhood lived in the Middle East,
the States, and France. She now lives in Bristol. She began her writing career as a radio dramatist and still loves working in that medium, though she is now also busy on TV and film projects. She often uses fact as inspiration for her fiction, and has also written many dramatisations and documentaries. Projects currently in development include: a TV comedy drama series which takes a contemporary look at the myth of Cupid and Psyche; a feature film, Fear of Flying - a drama about women who were pilots in World War II; and two
radio commissions. A favourite project, provisionally entitled 'Wilde Fire', was born of her encounters with visionary engineers, aid workers and water specialists. Tina is currently adapting her radio serial, Sisters, as a novel. Her Ph.D. on the early days of the BBC is
due to be published by Kultura Press in 2009 as Radio Days. Tina has tutored at the Arvon Foundation, was a visiting writer at the University of the West of England, and is a regular guest lecturer at other universities. From 2001-2004 she co-tutored a series of workshops in South Africa with Marion Nancarrow (BBC World Service Drama). This scheme for writers with very widely differing backgrounds and experience was set up and sponsored by the British Council, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa and the BBC.