Radio/Audio; Dramatist/Abridger
Middle East politics

A contributor to BBC radio for many years, my work includes some 50 radio dramatisations and well over 250 abridgements for radio readings.  In addition I have undertaken nearly 300 audiobook abridgements for a variety of publishers including BBC audiobooks, Chrome Audio, CSA Word, Heavy Entertainment, Hodder Headline, Macmillan, Naxos, Penguin, Random House and Time-Warner. 

I've also undertaken a wide range of other radio work including two series for BBC Radio 3 about world orchestras ("The Israel Philharmonic: Orchestra and People", and "World Orchestras"). For BBC Radio 2 I've provided a number of music documentaries as well as devising and scripting my own quiz - The ABC Quiz - for six years. 

I'm a past chairman of both the Society of Authors' Broadcasting Committee, and the Contributors' Committee of the Audiobook Publishing Association. I was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, 2006 "for services to broadcasting and to drama." 

In 2017
On Radio 4 Extra
23 Jan-3 Feb:  10-part abridgement of "The House of Special Purpose" by John Boyne
1 Feb:  Dramatisation of "Saint Overboard" by Leslie Charteris
3 Feb:  Dramatisation of "The Saint Plays With Fire" by Leslie Charteris
20 Feb-3 Mar:  10-part abridgement of "The Secret Scripture" by Sebastian Barry
15 June:  Part 4 of "The Radio Detectives" series features my dramatisations for radio of The Saint novels
1 Aug: My documentary "The Horror at Bly"- an in-depth analysis of Henry James's "Turn of the Screw"
10-17 Aug:  6-part abridgement of "Bulldog Drummond" by Sapper
7/8 October - Dramatisation of "The Poisoned Chocolates Case" by Anthony Berkeley
Guest Playwright for Shoestring Radio Theatre, San Francisco.
Productions are transmitted across the USA on the Public Radio Satellite System, and on the Shoestring Radio Theatre website. The programmes are syndicated to hundreds of public radio stations across North America, are heard on Golden Hours Radio in the state of Oregon and the Companion Radio Network (transmitted to convalescent homes, veterans' hospitals, and rehabilitation centres throughout the USA)

Recent productions of my work:
 - Original radio play "The Ghost Ship", based on a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle, broadcast Dec 2015/Jan 2016
 - "Lady Audley's Secret", dramatized in three 30-min episodes from the novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, broadcast from
    28 July-3 August 2016 
- "The Valley of Fear" dramatized in two half-hour episodes from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, broadcast on 1 and     8 February 2017
- Radio adaptation of "R.U.R" by Karel Capek in two half-hour episodes, broadcast on 26 July and 2 August 2017.

 Last production:
- Radio dramatization of "Ozma of Oz" by L Frank Baum, a sequel to his "The Wizard of Oz", in three half-hour episodes     broadcast on 1, 8 and 15 November 2017

Next productions:
- Radio dramatization of "The Four Just Men" by Edgar Wallace in two half-hour episodes
    (scheduled for February/March 2018)
Radio dramatization of two ghost stories by Edith Wharton:  "Afterward" and "The Looking Glass"
   (to be scheduled)

For children:
"5-Minute Bedtime Stories",available as paperback and e-book, incorporating some of the abridgements of classic children's stories I undertook for what is now BBC Radio 4 Extra.
Details and availability are on the "For Children" page of this website.


In addition, I have been commenting on Middle East politics for some thirty years. I have been published in a variety of journals and on line, and for some time ran the column "Edmund Owen's Israel". In 2008 I published a collection of these pieces, together with some poetry, letters, short stories and a radio drama, under the title: ONE MAN'S ISRAEL

ONE YEAR IN THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL AND PALESTINE, published in June 2011, was a blow-by-blow account of the events of 2010 as they impacted on the effort to resolve the Israel-Palestine situation. The book, which starts on 1 January 2010 and ends on 31 December, traces the progress of efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table, recording the hopes and the setbacks as they occurred.

October 2014 saw the publication of my THE SEARCH FOR DÉTENTE: Israel and Palestine 2012-2014 - an account of the renewed effort by the Obama administration, led by US Secretary of State John Kerry, to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

THE CHAOS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: 2014-2016 was published in August 2016. In it I aimed to provide an up-to-date overview of the problems currently affecting the Middle East, and set them in context. By providing an account of the bewilderingly complicated events of the past two years and also explaining their background, I tried to give readers the tools to understand the complex problems emanating from the Middle East - issues of concern to the whole world. 

Further details of all my books, together with a list of my published articles, are in the "Publications" section of this website.

In addition I run the blog A Mid-East Journal: 

December 2017
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