Dr Sally Bayley is a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute and a Lecturer in English at Lady Margaret Hall. She has published two books on Sylvia Plath, Eye Rhymes: the Art of the Visual (OUP, 2007), and a study of Plath as a cultural icon, Representing Sylvia Plath (CUP, 2011). She has also completed a study of domesticity in American literature and culture, taking Emily Dickinson and Bob Dylan as her leads: Home on the Horizon, America’s Search for Space (Peter Lang, 2010). Her latest project, The Private Life of the Diary (Unbound, 2016), tells the story of the diary as a coming of age story by diary writing, and mixes memoir with narrative non-fiction. Sally Bayley has produced and contributed to several film projects with film maker Suzie Hanna. Letter to the World (2011) is an animation exploring the material and metaphorical worlds of poet Emily Dickinson. The Girl Who Would be God tells a Cinderella story of the young writer, Sylvia Plath, aged 17. The film takes an inspirational passage from Plath’s teen journals as its starting point. These films have been shown in festivals all over the world. Sally is now completing a literary memoir for Harper Collins which tells the story of her young life, growing up in an all female, charismatic household, through reading.
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Professor Sir Jonathan Bate is a well-known literary scholar. The author of many books on Shakespeare, his biography of the poet John Clare won Britain’s two oldest literary awards, the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. His most recent book is a biography of Ted Hughes that was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and chosen as one of the “best biographies of 2015” by seven national newspapers. He has a longstanding interest in literature and mental health and, once he finishes his current book (Wordsworth and the Romantic Age: A Revolutionary Life), he will turn to a project provisionally called The Black Dog: Dr Johnson’s Prescription for Melancholy. You can read more about him at jonathanbate.com
Dr Paula Byrne has taught English and Drama at school, further education and university levels. She has written several bestselling biographies, including The Real Jane Austen, Belle: The True Story behind the Movie and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead. She now divides her time between writing (her most recent book is the international bestseller Kick: The True Story of JFK’s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth) and her role as Founder and Chief Executive of ReLit. Her website is www.paulabyrne.com
Professor Suzie Hanna is Chair of Animation Education at Norwich University of the Arts and Chair of NAHEMI, the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image. She is an animator who collaborates with other academics and artists, and whose research interests include animation, poetry, puppetry and sound design. She has made numerous short films all of which have been selected for international festival screenings, TV broadcast or exhibited in curated shows. She contributes to journals, books and conferences, and has led several innovative projects including animated online international student collaborations and digital exhibitions of art and poetry on Europe’s largest public HiDef screen. She works as a production consultant and as an international academic examiner, was a member of the AHRC Peer Review College from 2009-2014, and is a longstanding member of ASIFA. She plays the violin and the musical saw. www.suziehanna.com
Dr Nicole Panizza is a renowned UK-based vocal accompanist, recitalist, coach and scholar. After completing her studies in Australia she undertook postgraduate training in the UK with Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles. In 2014 she was awarded her Doctor of Music degree (Royal College of Music) and is a past recipient of an International Fulbright Award, in support of visiting research fellowships at Harvard University and Manhattan School of Music. Nicole has worked for Opera Australia, the Cologne and Covent Garden Opera Award and as Education Manager for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Recent research includes the internationally acclaimed album Nature https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/nature/id898147974 with New-York based soprano Jane Sheldon, (nominated for Australian Classical Album of the Year 2014), lectures at University of Singapore, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and performances in Vancouver, New York, Paris and Philadelphia. Current ventures include a recording project featuring song cycles by the American composer Juliana Hall, interdisciplinary performance projects based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Bob Dylan, and the creation of an online archive showcasing musical settings of Emily Dickinson’s literary canon. Nicole is a founding member of the Zerere Arts Foundation and OzMosis, and chair of the UK-based company OperaCoast. Recent posts include Visiting Research Fellowships (Rothermere American Institute and Faculty of Music, University of Oxford). She currently holds the positions of Senior Lecturer in Music Performance (Coventry University) and Research Associate (Oxford Song Network). Further information can be found at www.nicolepanizza.com
Hannah Sanders is fast building a reputation as one of the most exciting singers of folk song in Britain today. A guitarist and dulcimer player, her debut alum Charms Against Sorrow (2015) garnered critical acclaim, with Mike Harding hailing it “Absolutely fantastic!” and The Express stating Hannah is “…blessed with a peerlessly pure voice”. Whether delivering a murder ballad or a simple love song, Hannah’s deep understanding of traditional song shines through.
Completely fabulous… she knows, understands and loves the music…
every track is a pearl Mike Harding
Outstanding… a peerlessly pure voice Sunday Express
..a singer of considerable stature and a guitarist of no mean ability Fatea Records Magazine
Celeste-Marie Bernier is Professor of Black Studies and Personal Chair in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press). Her fields of research include Slavery Studies, African American Studies, Black British Studies, and African Diaspora Studies. Her single-authored books include: African American Visual Arts: From Slavery to the Present (Edinburgh University Press and University of North Carolina Press, 2008) and Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination (University of Virginia Press, 2012; winner of the 2013 British Association for American Studies Book Prize and co-winner of the 2014 European American Studies Network Book Prize). She is currently writing a biography of Frederick Douglass entitled Living Parchments: Artistry and Authorship in the Life and Works of Frederick Douglass (Yale University Press).
Celeste also co-authors and co-edits books and journal special issues alongside her other writing projects. In 2010 she was the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Art History, while in 2011, she was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship. In 2012 she was given a Terra Foundation for American Art Program Grant. She has held visiting appointments and fellowships at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, King’s College London and the University of California, Santa Barbara, in addition to her recent position as the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair in Art History at the University of Memphis (2014-15) and her current appointment as John Hope Franklin Fellow at the National Center for the Humanities in North Carolina (2016-17).
Dr Julie Sutherland is the Academic Coordinator for Shakespeare at Athabasca University and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Creative and Cultural Studies at Cape Breton University. Her research and teaching interests include Shakespeare and Non-Shakespearean Renaissance Drama as well as Seventeenth-Century English Poetry and English Women’s Writing. Her publications include articles on dramatic and non-dramatic literature in Early Modern England, a monograph on representations of women in Jacobean and Caroline drama and an edited collection (with C.H.L. George) on the creation and propagation of heroism and villainy in Early Modern Europe. She is also the contributing editor to Broadview Press’s new edition of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice (2014). Interested in dramatic literature in performance, Sutherland is actively engaged in professional and amateur theatre and is particularly dedicated to accessible productions of Shakespeare in public spaces.