Di Beddow

Writer, Academic & Education Consultant

Di Beddow

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Autumn/Winter 2023

In the Lent Term of this year at the English Faculty’s Benson Gallery, my exhibition “ ‘Our Place’ the Cambridge of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath “ enjoyed a steady flow of visitors with many of the Cambridge great and good writing nice things in the Visitor’s Book. Thank you to Laura Moss, the librarian and her team for being so welcoming to a non-Cambridge University graduate. The exhibition space is normally held for graduates, post-graduates and alumni of the university, but Laura felt that what the exhibition had to offer was worth a risk with this Cambridge townee!
Thank you too to my brother, Martin Bond of ‘Cambridge Diary’ fame for supplying me with some of the most stunning shots of the Newnham and Grantchester water meadows which are portrayed in Plath’s early poems and Hughes’s later Birthday Letters. Jeremy Bays of AWS Publishing was also generous with his permission for me to use his magnificent map of the area from the Mill Bridge to Grantchester.
I am now working on a radio programme on the area and also writing a kind of meta-thesis on the way my research also uncovered insights into my own childhood and development in that part of Cambridge.

Summer/Autumn 2022


In April 2022 I graduated at Queen Mary University London. Dr Diane Beddow had submitted the thesis entitled ‘The Cambridge of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’. I am now preparing papers for the Ted Hughes Conference at Huddersfield in September and the inaugural Sylvia Plath Conference at Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall in October. In Huddersfield I will be presenting on Hughes as Teacher and in Hebden Bridge I am joining Heather Clark and Dave Haslam to speak on ‘Plath’s Places’.

Autumn/Winter 2021

Dr Beddow

I have successfully defended my thesis on ‘The Cambridge of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’. The thesis was supervised by Katie Fleming (primary) and Peter Howarth (second) of Queen Mary University London, and examined by Professor Neil Roberts (Sheffield) and Dr Nisha Ramayya (QMUL). My grateful thanks to all my friends, family and the academics and librarians who were so supportive. Particular thanks should go to my online writing group and peers who helped me to keep going through a global pandemic: Sophie, Abbie, Denise, Breeze, Julie, Cathie, Katie, Michael and Katy.

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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