I write poetry, fiction and non-fiction and have been published in a wide range of magazines, anthologies and newspapers. Although the subjects I write about are wide-ranging, I am especially interested in social, psychological and environmental issues.
Studying for a BA in English Language and Literature (London University) was a brilliant and useful foundation for my own creative writing.
Later, I trained and worked as a counsellor and this background has been invaluable for my writing and for my teaching. I also have an MA in Writing, an MSc in Sociology and Social Policy and a post-graduate teaching qualification.
I have taught Creative Writing in Dorset and for the Open University (as Sarah Steele) for many years.
I started teaching the classes that became Wimborne Writing Group 18 years ago and this class is flourishing and includes many published writers and those who have gone on to study for higher degrees in creative writing.
In the last couple of years I started a Poetry Society Stanza group which meets monthly in Wimborne.
I’m currently working on short story and poetry collections.
I’ve completed a novel, and started a second. Both have had some success in competitions eg Mslexia, Cinnamon, and Exeter Novel.
Always on the lookout for inspiration and ideas, I like travelling by train and bus, sitting in cafes, and hoping to hear something interesting which I can later develop into a story or poem. I also find inspiration in art, music and the work of other writers.
I’m experienced at leading writing workshops for all sorts of groups, museums and festivals, appearing most years at Wimborne Literary Festival. I have trained and worked in Memory Cafes using poetry to help people with memory loss. I have trained as a life coach and offer one-to-one coaching sessions and mentoring to people involved in the creative arts, particularly writers. I am a member of The Society of Authors, The Poetry Society, and NAWE.