Date: Tuesday 21 April 2009
Venue: Adam Smith Building, Lecture Theatre T415
Category: Academic events
Speaker: Susan Sellers
Free and open to public.
Collection for the Creative Writing Scholarship Fund on the door.
Susan Sellers is an author, translator, editor and novelist.
After a nomadic childhood, Susan Sellers ran away to Paris. Renting a chambre de bonne, she worked as a barmaid, tour-guide and nanny, bluffed her way as a software translator and co-wrote a film script with a Hollywood screenwriter. She became closely involved with leading French feminist writers and translated Hélène Cixous. From Paris she travelled to Swaziland, teaching English to tribal grandmothers, and to Peru, where she worked for a women’s aid agency.
She is Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of St Andrews. In 2002 she won the Canongate Prize for Short Story Writing and in 2007 received a New Writing Partnership Arts Council Award for Vanessa and Virginia (Two Ravens, 2008 and Harcourt, New York).
Susan Sellers' work has been orientated towards women's writing. Her Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women's Fiction (Palgrave, 2001) is an investigation into the ongoing resonance of myth and fairy tale for contemporary women's fiction.
Sellers' interest in the writings of Virginia Woolf has led to her involvement in the Cambridge University Press edition of Woolf's writings, which she co-directs with Jane Goldman. Goldman and Sellers received a major Arts and Humanities Research Council Award in 2005 for this project.
Throughout, Sellers has been particularly interested in the creative process of writing, and this is reflected in three collections Instead of Full Stops (The Women’s Press, 1996), Taking Reality by Surprise (The Women's Press, 1991), and Delighting the Heart: A Notebook by Women Writers (The Women's Press, 1988), as well as in the translated selections from The Writing Notebooks of Hélène Cixous (Continuum, 2004).