Before becoming a freelance journalist, writing news stories, specialised articles, features and adfeatures, Sarah spent more than two years working for the Burton Daily Mail Ltd. Her role as a reporter for the newspaper group between July 1998 and December 2000 included writing news, business, features and reviews for the Burton Mail, Uttoxeter Advertiser and Burton and South Derbyshire Advertiser.

Sarah was also the Ted Bottomley Award Winner (best newspaper practice section) in the NCTJ National Certificate in Newspaper Journalism exams in June 2000 and won third prize in the 1998 Young Financial Journalist of the Year competition.


Sarah has been editor at V. Press poetry and flash fiction since founding the press with Ruth Stacey in 2013.

Other editor roles include:

Ledbury Poetry Festival Guest Editor for Versopolis in May/June 2019 – this included interviewing Sandeep Parmar about Difficulty, Diversity and Responsibility, and commissioning: ‘The Hills Are Alive‘ an eco-poetry piece by Ledbury Poetry Festival Troubadour of the Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival Jean Atkin; a review by Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic Jade Cuttle; and ‘Memories, Moments & Mingled Space‘ by Margaret Adkins. Her editorial ‘Community, Conflict and Compassion – with a few confessions!’ can be read here.

Joint poetry editor (with Jenny Hope) of Worcester Literary Festival magazine Be: from May 2011 to May 2012.


Because One Thing Leads to Another an article on writing life, including creative flow, space leading to inspiration and fear as a challenge to be embraced, published in The Blue Nib (online and print versions) Issue 44 in Dec 2020;
It’s Not Personal But… or Getting All Confessional, Subjectivity and the Rejected (Reworked) Manuscript on The Blue Nib in Nov 2020;
Making > Room an article and photo about Sarah’s hypertext poetry project > Room published in The Poetry Society’s Poetry News Autumn 2020;
Coming to Terms with Trying to Make Your Name or The Anguish of Author Biographies published on The Blue Nib in Sept 2020;
From Poetry to Prose in a Flash article on flash from a poet’s viewpoint on The Blue Nib on 9 March 2020;
Looking Up to the Sky, Trees as inspiration, resource, lifeline published on The High Window in June 2019;
Photo-Poems: Visual Art And Poetry Combinations For A High-Tech Age published in print and online in The Blue Nib issue 36 in Dec 2018;
Wardrobes, Fairy Tale Family Trees and the Power of Re-imagining on Riggwelter in October 2018;
Photo-poems: visual art and poetry collaboration for a high-tech age on The High Window Supplementary Feature in October 2018;
Pairing Poems on a Worcestershire UK and Worcester, Massachusetts, transatlantic call-and-response that produced new inspiration and poems was published in Poetry News, autumn issue in October 2018;
Always Another Twist – Journeys, Outlooks & Curves in the Path on The Literary Consultancy blog in August 2018;
Nature Caring & Sharing #100kindsofhappy article published in National Association of Writers in Education magazine, with one of the photo-poems on the cover in July 2018;
Tea, Poetry and Peace, a commissioned photo-inspired haiku and inspirational prompts in Breathe, issue 12, in April 2018;
Sometimes I smile published as a paperback book/resource on or in Aug 2017;
Significance (on writing, inspiration, the imagination and more) published by Arachne Press in Aug 2017;
Wednesday Reflections/Sometimes I smile – weekly blog post series of poem biographies/life writing with discussion points and writing prompts;
Creative energy: how electromagnetic therapy inspired me – 3000-word Wellcome Collection commissioned article, photos and poem in June 2017;
What is a path but a form of gap? interview with Mark Goodwin published in Tears in the Fence, 65, spring 2017;
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a First Degree in Creative Writing on Agenda in May 2016;
Hear, Hear: A History of Shouting without the Histrionics a lighthearted article on Annexe Magazine in April 2015;
The art of poetry two-page feature article in Writing Magazine about using art to shape a poetry collection and generate a wider public interest in poetry in December 2010;
Writer finds perfect platform for poetry article/fiction story about using people-watching/eavesdropping creatively in Worcester News on Friday, October 29, 2010;
Because One Thing Leads To Another … Article on in June 2010;
A Write Heroic Role account and poetic journal of national poetry day as poet in residence at Worcester Oxfam Bookshop published in the Writelinker magazine Winter 2009;


Men and PMT used on main screen/daily show at on June 27, 2007;
Litterbug used on main screen/daily show at on June 20, 2007;
Virtual Morality used on main screen/daily show at on June 14, 2007;
Finding Mr Right? used on main screen at on May 31, 2007;

National Chidlbirth Trust Worcester & Droitwich Newsletter Editor



The Writing Mind’s Underlands and the Perspective of Time on The Blue Nib in July 2020;
In hollowed oak – a short owlish meditation on mothering (CNF flash) on The Blue Nib‘s The Write Life in March 2020;
Becoming a wing-thru – a week-long series of daily connected articles on The Blue Nib about discovering self and nature through cycling, raising environmental awareness, overcoming depression and poetry appreciation of work by various nature-inspired poets. It includes some of my own accompanying photo-poems. The various parts can be read by following the links below:
Becoming a wing-thru: Part One – Rediscovery;
Becoming a wing-thru: Part 2 – The Landscape’s Languages and Lines;
Becoming a wing-thru: Part 3 – Fences and Memoryscapes;
Becoming a wing-thru: Part 4 – Sound Sounds and Keeping the Quiet;
Becoming a wing-thru: Part 5 – The Art of Endurance;
Becoming a wing-thru: Part 6 – Finding Self & Avoiding Wastage;
Becoming a wing-thru: Part 7 – Finding the Right Words/Terms.
Photo-Poems: Visual Art And Poetry Combinations For A High-Tech Age published in print and online in The Blue Nib issue 36 in Dec 2018;
False Eyes & The Myopic of Me – a condensed extract from Sarah’s memoir/essay collection ‘This < > Room’ published on Riggwelter in August 2018;
Sarah’s unpublished manuscript ‘This < > Room’ is longlisted in New Welsh Writing Awards 2018: Aberystwyth University Prize for an Essay Collection;
How wet is wet? Why Rain Matters (CNF essay encompassing poetry, depression, exercise, nature, climate change and environmental work/eco-protection) published on Riggwelter on 11 April 2018;
Tea, Poetry and Peace, a commissioned photo-inspired haiku and inspirational prompts in Breathe, issue 12, in April 2018;
Love-Affair, Moi? was chosen for Litro’s #essaysaturday on 24 March, 2017. The piece features literary love(s), London lowness and life-saving lyricism – amongst other things!!!
Hair today…published in dna magazine, issue 2, identity-theme, in Sept 2017;
The Myopic of Me longlisted for the memoir prize in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017


Sunday Mercury – Dec 2000 – travel piece
The Daily Telegraph – Nov 1998 – two week internship
Coventry Evening Telegraph – Easter 1998
Kulture Vulture (magazine) – 1997/1998
The Guardian – Jan 1998, Nov 1996 – articles in ‘On Campus’


Gair Rhydd – 1997/1998 – theatre reviews and features
Freshers’ Guide – Spring 1997
The Word – Spring 1997 – features
Isis (magazine) – Jan-April 1997 – arts editor
Oxford Student – 1996/1997 – news and theatre reviews
– Nov 1994-June 1995 – drama editor
– Oct 1994 – June 1995 – theatre reviews