Congratulations to Neil Bartlett who has been made an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Brighton.
Bartlett is a novelist, playwright, translator and performer, who for 25 years has been at the cutting edge of Britain’s queer underground performance scene. His first book was a ground-breaking biographical work on the life of Oscar Wilde, Who Was That Man? He went on to rejuvenate Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre in a 10 year spell as artistic director, during which he was awarded an OBE for services to theatre in 2000.
In February this year Bartlett donated his personal archives to the British Library. The cache included scripts, notebooks, drafts of his novels and translations, as well as photographs and design illustrations for his stage shows.
With the help of the Live Art Development Agency, the British Library has also digitised Bartlett’s comprehensive video archives. This comprehensive performance record spans the 1980s and 90s, and is now available to the public for the first time.
Click here to see a clip of Bartlett in conversation with the broadcaster Amy Lamé at the British Library, part of a career retrospective entitled What Can You Do?