The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

Sally Bayley: The Green Lady

Date: 16th September
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre

“We eat stories as cows eat fodder.”

Sally Bayley’s ‘The Green Lady’ is a masterpiece of creative writing. Blending fiction, history, and biography, she brilliantly explores the relationships between children and their teachers.

While the book’s starting point is the inspiration of her female teachers, Bayley’s story is framed both by her maternal ancestors, and other independent women (including educational suffragist Mary Neal, actress Margaret Rutherford, and poet Stevie Smith) – a common thread being how social convention and a lack of space (the ‘room of one’s own’), combine to inhibit creativity,

Sally is a Lecturer in English at Hertford College, Oxford, and will be in conversation with novelist and critic Alice Jolly. The Green Lady is a stand alone novel, but can also be seen as the third in a biographical series.