Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher


I write poetry, fiction and non-fiction for adults and children and have been published in a wide range of magazines, anthologies and newspapers.  I often write about relationships and am especially interested in social, psychological and environmental issues. 

I tutored Creative Writing, Arts and Social Sciences courses for The Open University and lead Wimborne Writing Group and Wimborne Stanza (Poetry Society) group.

Experienced at leading writing workshops for museums, festivals, and writing groups, I’ve worked at Wimborne Literary Festival since 2012. I have trained and worked in Memory Cafes using poetry to help people with memory loss.   I have qualified and worked as a counsellor and life coach (RD1st) and offer one-to-one coaching sessions and mentoring to people involved in the creative arts, particularly writers and poets. Member of The Society of Authors, Literature Works Academy, The Poetry Society, and NAWE.

My qualifications include: BA English; MSc Sociology & Social Policy; MA Creative Writing; PGCE (post-16 and adults); HEA fellow.


‘Birthday’ in The Poetry Village 30th January 2020

‘On the Bus’ and ‘Unforbidden Pleasures’ in Snakeskin January 2020

‘Thirteen Ways of Looking’ in Unhomely, Greenteeth Press 2020

‘Dartmoor Snow’ in Marble issue 6

‘Silver Linings’ in The New European  9th July 2020

‘Walking Out After the Pandemic’ in Snakeskin August 2020

‘St Helen’s Oratory’ in The Poetry Village 27th August 2020

‘My Mother Peeling an Orange’ shortlisted in The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2020 and appears in The Frogmore Papers 96

‘Lotus Flowers’ in Orbis 193 

‘On the Bus’ in What Next? Dempsey & Windle 2020

‘Distressed’ forthcoming in The New European November 2020



The National Memory Day Poetry Prize 2018

The Dorset Award in The Bridport Prize 2016 & 2010

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2015



The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2020

The Charroux Poetry Prize 2020 & 2019

The Bridport Prize 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2010

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition 2018

Poetry on the Lake International Poetry Competition (2nd prize) 2018



2 thoughts on “About

  1. Alison Short on said:

    Hello Sarah.
    My retired mum who is fairly newly living in Wimborne would love to know more about your Writing Group as she herself enjoys writing poetry and this would be a wonderful way for her to also meet new friends .
    Her name is Linda Smyth .
    Thank you for your reply Sarah,
    kind regards .
    Alison .

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