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The Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brooks University hosts Writing Fellows from the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) in London. The RLF is a charity which supports professional writers through a variety of schemes, and Oxford Brooks University was one of the pioneer hosts for the RLF Fellowship scheme.
The RLF scheme places experienced writers into higher education institutions to offer confidential one-to-one tutorials to undergraduate and postgraduate students on any aspect of writing and presentation, whether creative writing, academic assessed and non-assessed work, exam writing or seminar presentation. All Oxford Brookes students are entitled to sign up and consult with one of the Fellows, who are available across four days each week.
The Fellows’ office is T404 (Tonge Building) on the Gipsy Lane Campus. Students can make appointments by emailing the Fellows directly. The Royal Literary Fund Fellows only work between weeks 1 and 12 each semester.
S. W. Williams has published books under three different names, each of which marks a different phase of her writing career.As Sarah Matthews, she published reviews of books of and on poetry, translations from the French, mainly of books on history or the history of ideas — among them Fernand Braudel’s On History (Blackwell), shortlisted for the Scott Moncrieff prize for translation, and Alain Besançon’s The Intellectual Origins of Leninism (Blackwell). She also published a great number of children’s information books under the Moonlight Publishing imprint, and a range of school textbooks and school editions of classic writers such as Mark Twain and Conan Doyle for Stanley Thornes, Heinemann and Pearsons.
As her interests developed in recent years, she found herself focusing more and more on crime fiction, and in 2015, writing as Sarah Williams, was commissioned to write How to Write Crime Fiction (Robinson).Most recently, she has moved from being a writer of information books to becoming a crime fiction author, under the name S. W. Williams. Her debut crime fiction novel, Small Deaths, was published in 2017 by Crime Scene Books. Currently she is working on a psychological crime thriller series featuring a community psychiatric nurse. The first title in the series is It Should Have Been You.
Throughout her writing career, S. W. Williams has been committed to exploring the art and craft of writing well, through textbooks such as Making Texts Work, through teaching in schools and for the Open University, and through running creative writing courses.
Sally Bayley is a non-fiction writer whose work explores the relationship between biography, autobiography, memoir and literary fiction. Her book, The Private Life of the Diary (Unbound, 2016), was inspired by the diaries of Virginia Woolf. Following a similar structure to Woolf’s The Waves, her book is a biography of the diary as an art form.
Sally Bayley has just completed a literary memoir which tells the story of a young girl escaping from a cultic, all-female household by reading and her transition into the Care system. Girl with Dove: a Life Built by Books (HarperCollins, 2018) blends the voices of female protagonists, Jane Eyre, Miss Marple and Betsey Trotwood (David Copperfield) and from these voices creates an alternative literary family and genealogy. She is now completing a sequel, No Boy’s Play Here (HarperCollins, 2019) which will reclaim the lost male voices of her history, blending them with the characters she encountered in Shakespeare aged 14.
In 2017 Sally Bayley was awarded an IT Innovation award by the University of Oxford for a writing app design. The app will help users create and structure critical arguments using methods of close reading and the structures of critical narrative.
Sally Bayley has taught in Higher Education for 23 years across a wide range of subjects. For many years she has taught critical writing and thinking. Her particular interest has been the relationship between poetry, literary narrative and the visual arts.