Author and University of Chichester lecturer Suzanne Joinson has been awarded a prestigious fellowship by National Life Stories at the British Library to unearth the little-known history of three Sussex artists.
Ms Joinson will research the legacies of Juliet Pannett, Ann Sutton and Barbara Mullins, all of whom have made significant contributions to the creative and artistic scene of the south of England and beyond.
The year-long Goodison Fellowship will give her access to the British Library’s oral history collections encompassing hundreds of National Life Stories (NLS) biographical recordings, including interviews with all three women.
Ms Joinson said: “Juliet Pannett, Ann Sutton, and Barbara Mullins were not household names by any means, but they all achieved significant professional success. I believe that in quiet, unsung ways, they have each left an impressive, potentially subversive artistic legacy that resonates today.
“My aim with this fellowship is to delve deep into the archives to celebrate the unique contributions of these impressive artists. I want to map how their individual stories and works link to a bigger cultural picture and I hope to showcase how the NLS collections are a tremendously impressive, unique resource.”
Recipients of the NLS Goodison Fellowship, awarded by National Life Stories at the British Library, are given a £5,000 bursary to increase public knowledge and awareness of oral history.
Fellows receive unique access to the British Library’s oral history collections, among the largest in the world, spanning many aspects of British life, work and culture.
Senior lecturer Ms Joinson, who teaches on the University of Chichester’s creative writing BA and MA courses, is herself an award-winning writer and frequent contributor to the New York Times and Guardian.
Her novel, A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, was named as the Observer’s book of the year and translated into 16 languages.
For more about Suzanne and the creative writing degrees she leads at the University of Chichester, visit: chi.ac.uk/creativewriting