“… an astonishingly smart writer.” Neil Gaiman

Sarah Salway is a British poet, novelist, short story writer, journalist and creative writing tutor.

She 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 is a Hawthornden Fellow, former Canterbury Laureate, and has twice been awarded international residential Fellowships from Virginia Center for Culture and Arts. 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.

Now Sarah regularly teaches creative writing for the University ofsarah bruges 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 Work with me 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.


If you would like to contact Sarah, her email is sarah@sarahsalway.co.uk

“One of the smartest, wittiest writers of present times, and I recommend anything by her.” Alice Elliott Dark

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  1. Hi
    Here is Stoke I am a Library volunteer on the Read & Connect scheme which offers shared reading in groups. The group I help with is for stroke survivors, we have been going almost two years and it is proving very beneficial, even those with aphasia have improved their concentration.
    Someone has given me a short story called Looking for Angels, is it one of yours please?
    Many in the group are dog owners so I know they will like it but I also know they will ask me if there were ever sheep on Clapham Common in the 1920s?
    Any suggestions of a poem to go with it?
    Many thanks, Sarah

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