I first met Barbara in March 1983 when she interviewed me for a place on the BA English degree in her large, comfortable room in Malet Steet. Well dressed in a two-piece suit, set off by an exuberant scarf, she was a compelling figure. At the end she asked, ‘Do you write poetry?’ and gave me a warm, distinctive smile. She was an excellent lecturer, lucid and interesting, with a clear and lively voice. I recall her seminars on ‘The Novel’ as examples of engaged, democratic enquiry.
You can read the rest of my personal tribute to my old teacher, mentor and friend on the Birkbeck website.