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Josephine Dickinson was born in South London in 1957. At the age of six she became profoundly deaf overnight. After reading Classics at Oxford and teaching music for many years, she worked for Shape London, organising arts access projects in Wandsworth, and then for the South Bank Centre in music education. As a composer she studied with Michael Finnissy and Richard Barrett.
In 1994 she moved the high Pennines, where she still lives on a small hill farm close to the small Cumbrian market town of Alston.
In September 2008 [url=http://www.litfest.org/site/flax.html]Flax[/url], the publishing imprint of Litfest, in partnership with the Nuffield Theatre at Lancaster University, commissioned poet Josephine Dickinson and filmmaker Simon Wainwright to create five short text-based films to remap the university campus. See this film below.