Sally O’Reilly

About me

My first historical novel ‘Dark Aemilia’ is published by Myriad Editions in March 2014 and Picador US in May 2014. The novel is a fictional account of the relationship between Aemilia Lanyer, one of the first women to be published professionally as a poet in England, and William Shakespeare. My current project, commissioned by Myriad Editions, is a novel about Aphra Behn.

I’m also the author of two contemporary novels (Penguin) and a career guide for writers (Piatkus), and my short stories have been published in the UK, Australia and South Africa.

I work as a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, and was awarded a PhD in English and Creative Writing by Brunel University in 2013. Previously, I worked as a journalist, freelancing for the Guardian, Sunday Times and New Scientist. I am a former Cosmopolitan New Journalist of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Cosmopolitan short story prize and the Ian St James Award.

From my website

Tom Hanks and the art of typing

Serendipity is very useful sometimes. I was thinking about blogging about typing, and then, what do you know, Tom Hanks obliging invents a Typing App. His timing is completely perfect.Tom Hanks with a non clacking laptop.I learned to type in the 1960s when I was five, as part of an…

Five top tips for summer writing

My last post focused on the fact that writing in the summer holidays is not a walk in the park. (Or if it is, you are on the way to the recycling point.) Part two is going to be Way More Positive. This is because, though it is probably reassuring…

My summer of words?

All year long, like many people all over the world, I think about the blissful period when I won't be doing what I am usually doing. (Commuting, sitting in meetings, looking at very long documents searching for an opinion, filling in online forms that have been designed for robots rather…

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