About the author
About the author
Mukti Jain Campion was born in India and came to Britain at the age of four.
While studying geology at Oxford University, she became involved in student
radio and in 1981 won a place on the BBCs highly competitive television
production trainee scheme. At the BBC she worked on a variety of news,
magazine and entertainment programmes including Breakfast Time and
Tomorrows World and two major international documentary series The Sea of
Faith and Lovelaw. In 1987 she left to set up her own independent production
company. As well as making television documentaries and educational videos, her
company provided production training to new recruits at the BBC Disability
Since 1995 Mukti has also produced a wide range of programmes for BBC Radio
4, with emphasis on bringing diverse stories and perspectives to the airwaves.
Highlights include Crossing the Black Waters, an acclaimed history of the English
East India Company which examined the rich exchange of goods and ideas
between India and Britain prior to the establishment of the Raj, and Beyond The
Takeaway, a series about the lives of second generation British Born Chinese.
(For details see www.culturewise.org )
Alongside her career in programme-making, she has written several books, and
been involved in many national and international initiatives to develop
information and support for parents with disabilities. She was the founding editor
of the journal Disability, Pregnancy and Parenting International and in 1997 won
lottery funding to establish an associated national information service run by
disabled people. As project director, she launched Right from the Start, a NHS
initiative to improve maternity services for women with learning difficulties. Her
books The Baby Challenge (Routledge 1990), Whos Fit To Be a A Parent?
(Routledge 1995) and films Isobels Baby and Learning To Be Mum have been
internationally influential in raising awareness and changing professional practice.
She has also lectured widely on issues of parenting and social inclusion.
She is married with two teenage children who have grown up enjoying a
strong sense of their mixed Indian, English and Highland Scots heritage.