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Sally Bayley

Sally Bayley is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University where she teaches academic and creative writing. She also teaches as a College Lecturer in English, Film & Writing at Hertford and Wadham College in Oxford. She has written widely on the life and artistic legacy of Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson. Her publications include a study of the American home, Home on the Horizon: America’s Search for Space (Peter Lang, 2010) and a study of the diary as an art form,The Private Life of the Diary: from Pepys to Tweets (Unbound, 2016). She is now completing a series of three books which explore a child’s escape into literature as a form of retreat in the face of difficult social circumstances. The first, Girl with Dove: a Life Built by Books (William Collins, 2018) was Radio 4’s Book of the Week in January 2019, and a Spectator Book of the Year (2018). Girl with Dove is now being taught in schools as part of the A Level coursework syllabus. The second illustrated part, No Boys Play Here, will be published June 25, 2020, and will tell the story of the same young girl in search of a lost father and uncle through Shakespeare’s male characters.

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