Texts in the City: Twelve Angry Men

Texts in the City: Twelve Angry Men

Our Texts in the City series – a gift to students, their teachers and lifelong learners – brings the VCE English and Literature lists to life. This week, Tony Birch and guest Chris Mead take a look at Reginald Rose’s classic 1950s legal drama, Twelve Angry Men.

· Related video: Our 2011 discussion of this text

Presented in association with The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English.

Who?

Portrait of Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections – Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.

In 2017 Tony was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry collection, Whisper Songs, and a new short story collection, Dark as Last Night. Tony Birch is also an activist, historian and essayist.

Portrait of Chris Mead

Chris Mead

Chris is literary director of the Melbourne Theatre Company.

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