About Sarah

Sarah has written six books: three novels, Something Beginning With, Tell Me Everything and Getting the Picture, a book of short stories, Leading the Dance, and two collections of poetry, You Do Not Need Another Self-Help Book and Digging Up Paradise.

Sarah regularly teaches writing courses at the  University of  Kent ‘s Tonbridge centre, as well as a popular weekly writing group from her home in Tunbridge Wells. She is particularly skilled in Writing for Wellbeing, and has run groups in libraries, gardens, yurts and corporate offices (see here for more information).

Sarah’s writing has appeared in a number of publications, including the Virago Book of Shopping, the Poetry of Sex (Penguin Books), Rialto, Poetry London, PEN International, the Financial Times, Psychologies magazine, Mslexia, and has been commissioned by BBC Radio 4, the Wise Words Festival in Canterbury, and the Arts Council funded (Be)spoken Project. Her poem, ‘Greening the Garden’, has been used in the installation for the previous two High Sheriffs for Kent, and two of her short stories have been made into films. Community projects have included turning Westgate Gardens, Canterbury, into a ‘poetry book’ and a walk (with Old Map Man,  Ken Titmuss ) of the Lost Gardens of the Strand for the Chelsea Fringe.

Sarah is a Hawthornden Fellow, former Canterbury Laureate, and has twice been awarded international residential Fellowships from Virginia Center for Culture and Arts in the US. She has been part of the tutor team for both the MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development at the University of Sussex and the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Kent. As the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science for three years, she supported students and staff with their academic writing, and ran creative writing workshops for the PhD programme. She has also been an RLF Fellow at the University of Kent in Canterbury.