Longlisted for the memoir prize in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017, Sarah’s latest books are her novella, Kaleidoscope (Mantle Lane Press, 2017), her Overton Poetry Prize pamphlet, Lampshades & Glass Rivers (Loughborough University, 2016), and her International Rubery Book Award 2016 shortlisted full poetry collection plenty-fish, published by Nine Arches Press in 2015 and previewed at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2015.
The Magnetic Diaries (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2015) is a modern narrative in poems based on Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and incorporating a multimedia element and highly commended in the Forward Prizes. Her poetry-play version was staged at The Courtyard, Hereford, in July 2015. Reaction Theatre Makers toured with it in 2016, including a two-week run as a ‘highly recommended show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe and ACE-funded performances across the U.K. including London, Birmingham and Ledbury Poetry Festival.
She also has a joint pamphlet with Angela Topping, entitled Hearth, that launched at Cheltenham Poetry Festival in April 2015 and is a PBS Autumn Pamphlet. Her second full-length poetry collection Be[yond] was published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press in July 2013. A first full-length poetry collection Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press, 2010) won third prize in the International Rubery Book Awards 2011.
Her competition successes include Overton Poetry Prize winner 2015, first prize in the Wordpool Festival Poetry Competition 2014 (with her poem animated for the Blackpool Illuminations), first prize in the Poetry on Loan ‘home-made, home-grown’ Poetry Competition 2014, first prize in the Exmoor Society Poetry Competition 2010, winner in Oxford University/Radcliffe Science Library’s Parallel Universe Poetry Competitions in 2013 and 2010, winner in the Jawdance Audio Poetry Competition in May 2011, second prize in the Bourne Hope Poetry Competition 2012, shortlisted in Templar Poetry 2009 Pamphlet and Collection Competition and poems shortlisted in The Plough Prize 2009 and Ilkley Festival poetry competition 2012.
Sarah has been widely published in print arts journals, anthologies and newspapers in the U.K. and internationally, including the Financial Times, The Rialto, Magma, PN Review (forthcoming), The Wolf, Envoi, Orbis, Tears in the Fence, Shearsman magazine, Poetry News, Poetry Nottingham, Oxford Poetry, The French Literary Review, Under the Radar, Abridged, Verse Kraken, Obsessed with Pipework, The Lampeter Review, Butcher’s Dog, Southlight, Agenda (forthcoming), The Frogmore Papers, Stand, Critical Survey, The Lonely Crowd, Salopeot, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016, Raving Beauties (Bloodaxe, 2015) Sculpted: Poetry of the North-West, A Complicated Way of Being Ignored: The Grist anthology of the best poetry of 2012 and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam. Her online poetry publications include the Guardian, the Financial Times, Ink Sweat and Tears, nthposition, Antiphon, Shadowtrain, The Lake, London Grip, Abridged, The Stare’s Nest, Synaesthesia Magazine, International Times, Kumquat Poetry, Streetcake magazine, Verse Kraken, Otoliths, The Literary Bohemian, Poetry24, The Wardrobe, The Ofi Press Magazine, Molly Bloom, Clear Poetry (forthcoming), the fib review and Nutshells and Nuggets.
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 also 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 has featured on the BBC, is on the Polesworth Poets’ Trail in Warwickshire, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s website and has been set to music, muralled on a café wall, on Worcestershire buses and around 12,000 copies of AGFA’s annual report.
She 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. In 2013, she set up a small poetry press: V. Press.
Other Writing & Interests
As a journalist, Sarah won a Ted Bottomley Award in 2000 and third prize in the Young Financial Journalist Awards 1998. Her work has included feature/opinion pieces in The Guardian, news articles in The Daily Telegraph and four years as a regional daily newspaper reporter.
She also has a background writing theatre reviews for the regional press and student newspapers, as well as being arts editor at Isis and theatre editor on the Oxford Student while she was at Oxford University.
More information about her journalism and reviewing can be found here.
Her short fiction has also won prizes, including winner in the Oxford Today thriller flash fiction competition and third prize in a regional newspaper contest. Sarah was shortlisted in the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 15/16 and has a 9000-word piece of literary fiction in the Legend Press anthology The Remarkable Everyday, flash fiction in The Ofi Press Literary Magazine, Rockland, Jellyfish Review, The Nottingham Review and Elbow Room (forthcoming) and stories published in woman’s magazines: The People’s Friend and Yours Fiction.
Historically, Sarah’s first poem publication was in 1999, when she was also winner of Burton Ottaker’s National Poetry Day competition. Her first flash fiction was published in the school magazine when she was in sixth form!
Other interests include swimming, walking, cycling, climbing, zumba, dance, squash, boxercise, body pump (weights), travel, films, philosophy, psychoanalysis and generally learning new things! (She is aiming for her first triathlon in 2017.) Sarah also loves coffee and tea, water and wine, shadows and light, music and silence/meditation. The latter mostly not when with her two boys, aged eleven and fourteen, who ensure that noise and fun are also a big part of her life.
In academic terms, she has a 2:1 BA Hons and MA in Modern Languages (French with linguistics) from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate diploma in journalism (print option) from the University of Wales, Cardiff, a Cert HE in creative writing from the University of Birmingham and a masters (with merit) in creative writing from the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University (2014). She was also part of Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 Writer Development Programme 2013/14. Her earlier educational qualifications and voluntary work can be found here and here.
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