For the British saxophone player, see Alan Wakeman
Alan Wakeman (1936-2015) was a British author, playwright and gay rights activist.
He was born in London and grew up in Coulsdon, Surrey. He attended Purley Grammar School and later did National Service in Singapore and Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). He worked as an architect before spending three years in France, after which he returned to Britain to work as a teacher of English as a foreign languages. Between 1967 and c. 1973 wrote an English language course called English Fast, which sold steadily for several decades. From the 1970s onward, he became a staunch member of the Gay Liberation Front. He wrote the first GLF song, A Gay Song (which was played at his funeral service) and was a founding member of the theatre troupe Gay Sweatshop in 1974. For nearly fifty years, he lived in Soho, London and became a dedicated campaigner against development of historical sites.
In 1963, Wakeman was commissioned to write a serial for the first season of Doctor Who, which was then still in development. He produced a four-part story called The Living World, though this was seemed too sophisticated for the intended audience, and was never proceeded with, and exists only as a script for one episode. When the series was revived in 2005, Wakeman offered the unmade story to the series a second time, though it was not produced on this occasion either. The script was eventually published in the magazine Nothing at the End of the Lane in 2012.
Wakeman died in August 2015, aged 79 after suffering for many years from diabetes. His funeral was held at St Anne's Church, Soho. He died soon after the publication of his autobiography Fragments of Joy and Sorrow.
|Londoners' London||1969||Photography||Rapp & Whiting||9780853911005||co-written with Michel Arnaud|
|Tim, Willie and the Wurgles||1976||Children's fiction||Abelard||0200722956||Illustrated by Chris Turnbull|
|Hamun and Giben||1978||Flash fiction||Gemini||095140931X||Also illustrator|
|The Vegan Cookbook||1986||Recipe book||Faber & Faber||9780571178049||co-written with Gordon Baskerville|
|Fragments of Joy & Sorrow||2015||Memoir||Gemini||9780951409336|