Sally Cline

Sally Cline is an award winning biographer and short story writer. She is a Royal Literary Fund Advisory Fellow and is currently Director of the Writers’ Pool, the Royal Literary Fund’s Mentoring Scheme. She has written nine books including biographies of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald and Radclyffe Hall and she is now at work on a third, a major new double biography: ‘Lillian Hellman & Dashiell Hammett: Managing Memories, Framing Fictions’.

In 2004 she was the recipient of the Hawthornden Fellowship and the same year won the Hosking Houses Trust Fellowship for a Woman Writer over 40. Her short fiction has won the BBC Short Story contest, the Raconteur fiction prize, and was shortlisted for the Asham Short Story Award. A prizewinner in the UK New London Radio Playwriting contest, she has written co-produced and broadcast 3 radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation based on her books.

Educated at Durham University and Lancaster University, in 2004 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for her writing in Cambridge , her home for 26 years. Born in London, a former Fleet Street journalist and international stage director, she has taught Social and Political Science at Cambridge University and English and Creative Writing at APU, Cambridge where she was the Royal Literary Fund Writing and Project Fellow for five years and is now Writer in Residence.

She has read and discussed her work at literary festivals including Hay on Wye, Cheltenham, Ways With Words, the Cambridge Wordfest, and the Sole Bay Literature Festival as well as at the Biography Club. She has served on the Women’s Committee of the Writers Guild, and has been a member of the Fawcett Society, the Royal Literary Society and Pen International.