Dan Gretton is a writer, activist and teacher. He co-founded the political arts organisation Platform while studying English Literature at Cambridge. Over the last 30 years Platform has gained an international reputation for its innovative performances, publications and educational work and received the prestigious Schumacher Award for the Environment and the Bridge Programme Award from Headlands Centre for the Arts, San Francisco. The Arnolfini awarded the organisation a retrospective exhibition celebrating 25 years of its work in 2009. As a teacher and lecturer and alongside Jane Trowel, Gretton was invited by Birkbeck to establish a pioneering programme in art and activism, which was launched ten years ago as The Body Politic.
Dan is a highly regarded public speaker, and has been invited to lecture widely, both in the U.K. and internationally. He has shared platforms with Wole Soyinka, John Berger, Ken Livingstone, Anita Roddick, Angela Davis, Yinka Shonibare, Tony Benn and William Boyd, among many others. In 2011 he contributed to the award-winning film, Patience (After Sebald), directed by Grant Gee.