Stephen Wadhams — author of The Orwell Tapes — was born in Weymouth, England, in 1945, and joined the BBC in 1968. He spent 18 months as a volunteer broadcaster in Malawi, Africa, before moving to Canada in 1974 to join the CBC Radio program “As it Happens.” He then spent ten years as a documentary producer for “Sunday Morning,” producing many high-profile projects in Canada, the US, Europe and Africa. From 1990 to his retirement in 2016, Wadhams created radio documentaries for the CBC, helping colleagues and more than 200 members of the public tell their stories on the programs “Outfront” and “Living out Loud.”

Wadhams has won numerous Canadian and international awards, including a Prix Italia and a lifetime achievement award from Chicago’s Third Coast Festival, which described him as a “masterful documentarian” who has “earned worldwide respect as an innovative thinker, continually interested in expanding the boundaries of storytelling.” He was also in demand as a trainer and mentor for the CBC and other organizations, including the BBC, where he spent three months in 1999.

Wadhams and his wife now live in Victoria, British Columbia, where he follows his other life passion as a voice student at the Conservatory of Music and a member of the chorus of Pacific Opera Victoria.

The Orwell Tapes

The Orwell Tapes

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The author of 1984 and Animal Farm was a brilliant, eccentric, complicated man. He was, at various times, a member of the colonial police force in Burma, a tramp, a dishwasher, a critic and journalist, a fighter in the Spanish Civil War, a teacher and a shopkeeper. Read more →