Alison Joseph

Novelist, Playwright


Alison Joseph is a London-based novelist and radio dramatist.  She is the author of a series of detective novels featuring the contemporary nun Sister Agnes. The most recent A Violent Act is about fathers, daughters and creationism. Alison has written about 20 radio plays, including The True Story and The Island with No Name. She has also dramatised various works for radio, including Georges Simenon’s Maigret and Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban, and she has done abridgements for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and Book of the Week.

Alison has taught creative writing at Sussex University and at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She also leads crime-writing workshops in schools in Britain and in France. Alison’s non-fiction work includes editing Through the Devil’s Gateway, a collection of essays around the subject of women and religion, based on the Channel 4 series of the same name.

Her latest novel, a departure from Sister Agnes, is a crime fiction about particle physics. Called Dying to Know, it was researched at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Geneva, and published in December 2013 by Endeavour Press. Alison is currently chair of the British Crime Writers’ Association.

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Alison Joseph

Novelist, Playwright


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  • Queen Mary, University of London, 2015–2016
  • Queen Mary, University of London, 2012–2014