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.
Dr Julie Sutherland is the International Ambassador for ReLit. She also offers professional editing, writing and teaching services through her company In Other Words – Language Animation Services, which is based in Ontario, Canada. Her writing commissions include two online, upper-level Shakespeare modules for Athabasca University in Canada and a week-long course for children on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, requested by the EDventure Society in Cape Breton. She is also the contributing editor to Broadview Press’s most recent edition of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice (2014). With degrees in English literature and drama, Dr Sutherland is intensely interested in the capacity of literature—both read and in performance—to effect change in the human spirit. She regularly supports initiatives to destigmatise mental illness and promote mental wellness in the communities in which she lives.
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
Jude Cowan Montague worked for Reuters Television Archive for ten years. Her album ‘The Leidenfrost Effect’ (Folkwit Records 2015) reimagines quirky stories from the Reuters Life! feed. She produces ‘The News Agents’ on Resonance 104.4 FM. Her most recent book is ‘The Originals’ (Hesterglock Press, 2017).
Ben Morgan is a writer and lecturer from Oxford. He is currently completing a monograph on Shakespeare and human rights for Princeton University Press. His poetry sequence ‘Medea in Corinth: Poems, Prayers, Letters and a Curse’, which retells the myth of Medea and Jason through a variety of poetic and dramatic forms, is forthcoming this year as a pamphlet from Poetry Salzburg Review. The sequence retells the famous tale of Euripides’ Medea, who makes a poisoned wedding dress for her husband’s new wife and also murders her children. Forms in the sequence range from sonnet, to dramatic monologue, to ritual, to song. He has, more widely, published poems and academic articles on modern and early modern poetry and drama.
Dr Deborah Pritchard received a British Composer Award in 2017 for her solo violin piece ‘Inside Colour’ and her work has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, released by NMC, Signum and Nimbus and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Royal Northern Sinfonia, English String Orchestra and the BBC Singers. She is a synesthetic composer and her violin concerto ‘Wall of Water’, after the paintings by Maggi Hambling, was held to critical acclaim by Gramophone as a ‘work that will take ones breath away’. Her orchestral piece ‘The Angel Standing in the Sun’, after the late Turner painting, was performed by both François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra in 2016 (Panufnik Scheme) and subsequently by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She also paints music and has been commissioned a series of ‘music maps’ for the London Sinfonietta, described in The Times as ‘beautifully illustrated…paying visual homage to those wonderful medieval maps of the world.’ She studied composition with Simon Bainbridge for her MMus Degree at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded her DPhil from Worcester College, Oxford where she studied with Robert Saxton. She teaches composition tutorials at the University of Oxford and was composer in residence at the Lichfield Festival, 2016 supported by Sound and Music.
Dave Neita is a lawyer, a published poet, lecturer and motivational speaker specialising in a range of areas including law, mental health, diversity and creativity. An advocate for human rights and a campaigner for social justice, Dave has worked with the Zurich Corporation, Broadmoor Hospital and NASA to name a few organisations; and has delivered a sermon at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Redemption and Transformation.
Dave has an MA in Cultural Leadership, volunteers his time in the community and served as the UK ambassador for the European Year of Equal Opportunity for All: Face of the Year Campaign. He was included in Black Enterprise’s list of the Top 10 most powerful black men in Britain and was selected by the BBC to provide perspective and comment on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Known for his success as a member of the legal team behind a class action suit against a major multinational corporation on behalf of thousands of injured South Africa Miners, Neita continues to work as an advocate for underprivileged, exploited or disenfranchised people, everywhere. He has curated poetry workshops in HMP Services and presented speeches and poetry on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Dave continues to speak widely in Churches in the UK and abroad promoting a redemptive and inclusive message of bringing about harmony in community and regardless of where he presents, palace or prison, he communicates the potential and value of his audiences and urges them to write their thoughts and ideas in prose and poetry.
Alice Jolly is a novelist and playwright. She published a memoir in 2015 called Dead Babies and Seaside Towns which won the Pen / Ackerley Prize and one of her short stories won the 2014 V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, awarded by The Royal Society of Literature. She has also published two novels with Simon and Schuster and four of her plays have been produced by the professional company of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. She teaches creative writing on the MSt at Oxford University and her fourth novel Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile will be published by Unbound in June 2018.
Christina Patterson is a journalist and broadcaster. She writes for The Sunday Times and The Guardian about society, culture, politics, books and the arts. A former chief executive of The Poetry Society and columnist at The Independent, she has interviewed writers, artists and politicians, from Kazuo Ishiguro to Gordon Brown and Plan B. She was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2013 for her campaigning work to raise standards in nursing and has contributed to books on poetry, literature and health. She’s a regular commentator on radio and TV news programmes and a regular guest on the Sky News press preview. Her first book, The Art of Not Falling Apart, has been hailed by Robert Harris as “a kind of war reporter’s dispatches from the barricades of modern life” and by Allison Pearson in The Sunday Telegraph as “a surprisingly joyful book by a writer so good that the people who sacked her were clearly morons”. She lives in London.
Amanda Maffett is a life coach based in Oxford. Much of the time, our lives can run along well-worn tracks which carry us relatively smoothly through the world. Inevitably, however, at some point the tracks run out or a kink occurs which throws or halts us. As a coach Amanda works alongside individuals at times of these ‘openings’, these interruptions to the status quo.
With a background of working in the not-for-profit world and with a passion for people, Amanda has a private coaching practice as well as working as an Administrator at St Anne’s College. Her blend of Integral Development Coaching and Generative Coaching in one-to-one sessions uses metaphor, sources from nature and the arts along with practices for the body and mind. She finds that these approaches support lasting individual development, increasing self-awareness and an ability to self-correct and self-generate across the broad spectrum of life.
She offers a warm, firm and spacious welcome to clients and all that they bring. In turn she brings a deep love of nature, a sense of humour and significant personal experience of insight and movement meditations, presence, yoga and active listening.
During Amanda’s session she will lead a guided meditation and talk a little about her coaching work in relation to keeping on bringing more of ourselves to the world.