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Born Joan Shaw she joined the Communist Party in or around 1945. In 1953, she married fellow-Communist, Ron Bellamy (see separate entry). During this period, Joan worked full-time for the Communist Party. She was an area, or city, secretary, probably for Leeds in the
For a time, she was on the staff of the International Department of the Communist Party at its headquarters in
Having been a lecturer in English Literature, for much of the latter part of her career, Joan Bellamy was a staff tutor and then Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the Open University and Founder and Director of its Women in Humanities Research Group.
A supporter of the Communist Party of
In her retirement she spent a decade researching `More Precious Than Rubies’, a biography of Mary Taylor, a friend of the Brontes, which also analyses her writings.
Joint editor `Women, Scholarship and Criticism C. 1790-1900’
`More Precious Than Rubies’ (2002)
`Unite Against Racialism: Defeat the Immigration Bill’ Communist Party pamphlet, (1971)
Editor with John Saville of MacMillan’s ongoing `Dictionary of Labour Biography’.
`A Lifetime of Reviewing: Margaret Oliphant on Charlotte Brontë’’