Sally Cline, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Advisory Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, is a groundbreaking biographer and short story writer. The Visitor is her 11th book and first novel.
Her 10th book and most recent non-fiction success is the first stand-alone book on Life Writing in the UK. Called The Arvon Book of Life Writing, co-written with Carole Angier (A and C Black June 2010) it covers biography, autobiography and memoir and will be the first in a series of books on writing (novels, short stories, creative non fiction) which she and Carole will edit.
Her biographies include Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John (1997), Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice in Paradise (2002) and Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett: Memories or Myths (forthcoming 2012). She now has a Fleur Cowles Fellowship in the USA to research Blanche Knopf, the first American Woman publisher.
For her biographies and non-fiction she has received awards and Fellowships from The Harry Ransom Humanities Center University of Texas, Princeton University, the Society of Authors, the British Academy, The Andrew Mellon Foundation, AHRB, and the Arts Council of England.
Her short fiction for print and radio has won the BBC Short Story Contest, a Raconteur fiction prize, been short listed for the Asham Short Story Award and one of her radio plays was a prize winner in the UK New London Radio Playwriting Contest. She has also scripted, co-produced and presented three radio documentaries based on her books for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In 2004 she was the recipient of the Hawthornden Fellowship for writing and that year won the Hosking Houses Trust Fellowship for a Woman Writer over 40.
Born in London she read English and Philosophy at Durham University, gained her Masters in Social Science and Women’s studies at Lancaster University, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters for her writing from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and taught at Cambridge University, for many years. In Canada she taught at Mount St Vincent University and Dalhousie University and is currently Writer in Residence at Anglia Ruskin where she mentors for the MA in Creative Writing.
She has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow for ten years, was Director of The Writers’ Pool, their innovative mentoring scheme between 2004-2006, for several years has been judge and mentor for the Arts Council Escalator programme which funds and encourages talented emerging writers, and is currently judge and mentor for the prestigious Gold Dust mentoring scheme.
She has served on the Women’s Committee of the Writers’ Guild, is a member of PEN, the Society of Authors, the Royal Society of Literature, the Biography Club and the London Women’ Writers Salon.
Early in her life she was a Fleet Street journalist, a TV critic, then an international stage director and concert manager. Today her work with both experienced and new writers, in particular those without either a literary background or scholarly achievements, has enabled many to achieve literary success.