Edward Lewis is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds degrees from The Open, Lancaster and Cambridge universities. As well as teaching drama at several British universities he has taught theatre and English literature in several other countries including Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Belarus, Russia and Kurdistan. His major field of research is the adaptation of the novel for the stage. He is currently a Lecturer in English at XJTU. As well as his academic work he is a professional theatre director, actor and writer, having directed over 60 productions, acted in some 30 plays, television dramas and films and has written stage adaptations of several works including Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. He is currently working on an English version of a play by Chinese members of the School of Foreign Studies at XJTU about the university’s move from Shanghai in the 1950s, on adapting a selection of Pu Song Ling’s stories for theatrical performance and on a book on popular television drama.