Welcome to Sarah’s website – a small slice of writing life, sharing a love of words, photography and art.
An Oxford modern languages graduate, former journalist, arts reviewer and fiction writer, Sarah now works mainly as a poet, editor and events organiser. She also enjoys writing for artistic commissions and as a poet in residence.
Her second full-length poetry collection Be[yond] was published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press in July 2013 and her debut full-length poetry collection Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010) won third prize in the International Rubery Book Awards 2011.
Sarah’s next collection, The Magnetic Diaries, is a modern narrative in poems based on Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and incorporating a multimedia element. This is out with Knives, Forks and Spoons Press early 2015. She has a fourth collection, plenty-fish, due out with Nine Arches Press in July 2015, and she also has a joint pamphlet with Angela Topping, entitled Hearth due out from Mother’s Milk Books in early 2015.
Sarah has won a range of prizes. Most recent wins include the Wordpool Festival Poetry Competition 2014 (with her poem animated for the Blackpool Illuminations) and the Poetry on Loan Poetry Competition 2014.
A regular guest poet at spoken word events and festivals, Sarah read alongside Bernard O’Donoghue at the 2013 Cheltenham Poetry Festival and was a guest poet in Cork and Limerick in July 2013, after being selected for that year’s Coventry-Cork twin city poets exchange. She performed at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2013 and read in the Carol Ann Duffy and Friends series at the Royal Exchange in Manchester in 2014.
Her poetry is on the Polesworth Poets’ Trail in Warwickshire and has been set to music, animated for the Blackpool Illuminations 2014, muralled on a café wall, on Worcestershire buses and around 12,000 copies of AGFA’s annual report distributed internationally.
Sarah has been a festival poet in residence at a church and café, and National Poetry Day writer in residence at Worcester Oxfam Bookshop.
A professional member of NAWE (the National Association of Writers in Education), she has experience facilitating workshops and running spoken word events.
Extracts of the poetry, photography and artwork featured in her 2012 poetry-art exhibition aimed at bringing poetry to a wider audience can be found in the An Eyeful of Words section of this website. She also enjoys creative collaborations and film poetry. (Do get in touch if you have a poetry project idea.)
Currently based in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, UK, Sarah runs the Poetry Society’s Worcestershire Stanza and she is secretary of Droitwich Arts Network. In 2013, she set up a small poetry press: V. Press.
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