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American Research Trip April 2018

After receiving a Post-Graduate Research Award from Queen Mary University, I was delighted to plan my trip to three American University Libraries to further my work on Plath and Hughes. I visited Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts; the Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington and the Rose Library at Emory University in Atlanta. I also received a visiting researcher award from Emory, which was very exciting and generous. I am writing up my research and a journal of the trip, which I will post in time.

University of Ulster Sylvia Plath Conference

On November 10th and 11th Belfast was full of Plath scholars, all congregating in the beautiful University so that they could share ideas on the theme Letters, Words and Fragments. My presentation on “Sylvia Plath and Cambridge” is attached to the academic page of this site and will become part of my PhD thesis. My thanks to Maeve Haran for organising the most amazing conference.


Site Guide

Below is a map of my website 

Academic Writing Showcase 

Pieces I have written for academic work including essays and drafts for my PhD thesis on a psychogeographical study of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’ Cambridge. Plath and Hughes wrote their history upon Cambridge; my research walk will begin with both writers’ Cambridge poetry and loiter along the way in their stories and memories, sketches, archives and places. The doctoral thesis will record this wander to construct the first shared literary, psychological, sociological and biographical geography of Hughes’ and Plath’s Cambridge.

Journalism Showcase 

In 1994 I collaborated with a friend on an article on raising the achievement of GCSE students; this was published in the Times Educational Supplement as, “Return on the right kind of interest” on the 11th February.  Here is the start of my journalistic writing, covering mainly education issues such as boys’ mindset; ‘A’ level research; the development of support staff and the skills of senior leadership.  I became a regular columnist for the TES in the noughties, writing on aspects of middle leadership development.  Recently, my journalistic writing has focused more on political issues in relation to education, feminism and socialism.  I am a contributor to Guardian Comment.

Creative Writing Showcase 

Creative writing pieces that I have written for clients.

Consultancy Services

Di Beddow offers a full range of consultancy services for journalism, academic writing and the education sector.

Other Interests: 

Things I am interested in

Potter and Crocker This is my interest in vintage

Scrap Book A scrapbook of selected images


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