Professor Patrick Wright
Doctor of Letters
Professor Patrick Wright is Professor of Visual and Material Culture, Department of English Language and Literature, King’s College London. He studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent, graduating in 1973.
After graduating, he moved to Vancouver in Canada, embarking on postgraduate studies in literature, first at the University of British Columbia and later at Simon Fraser University, where he received an MA in 1977.
In 1985 Professor Wright published his first book, On Living in an Old Country. This was followed in 1991 by A Journey Through Ruins, which mapped the history of post-war Britain through the detail of an area around Dalston, East London. His other works include: The Village that Died for England; Tank: The Progress of a Monstrous War Machine; Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War and Passport to Peking.
Professor Wright has also made radio and television programmes, including, The River, a four-part series about the Thames, which was broadcast as a millennium project. He also presented the Radio 3 arts programme, Night Waves for a number of years.
In 2000, Professor Wright accepted a professorial appointment at Nottingham Trent University, where he remained until 2011. During the latter period of this appointment, he also worked as a fellow of the London Consortium, an interdisciplinary and international postgraduate programme run by Birkbeck in collaboration with the Architectural Association, Tate, the Science Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.