About Susan Sellers

Susan is a Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews and a life member of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. She studied for her doctorate in London and at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she worked closely with leading French feminists including Hélène Cixous. She has published critical studies of modernist and contemporary women’s writing, and is co-general editor of the Cambridge edition of Virginia Woolf. As a novelist she has a particular interest in biographical fiction. She has lectured all over the world and is a regular broadcaster.

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fter 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, where she teaches modernist and contemporary literature and creative writing. In 2002 she won the Canongate Prize for Short Story Writing and in 2007 received a New Writing Partnership Arts Council Award for her novel Vanessa and Virginia.

Susan is represented by Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates