Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

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National Memory Day Poetry Competition

I’m thrilled that my poem, Fog, has been placed 1st in the National Memory Day Poetry Competition. You can read about the competition, see photos, and hear the winning poems on the website as the winners were announced earlier today. National Memory Day is a charity I wholeheartedly support. I’ve seen at first-hand the pleasure and comfort that poetry can bring for people unfortunately experiencing various aspects of memory loss.

Poetry pf

I’m delighted to have joined the Poetry pf community  It’s a great website with a listing of 300 poets, information about events and competitions, and many fab poems. I can  thoroughly recommend it.

Writer in Residence at Black Pug Books

Victoria, owner of the antiquarian bookshop Black Pug Books, has taken me on as writer in residence over the autumn and winter months! I will be at the bookshop on Fridays  once a fortnight 10am-1pm, starting with this Friday, 21st September. The idea is that I will do some writing inspired by the atmospheric house, the wonderful books and the people who visit. I will also be available to talk to visitors about  their own writing. This could be a great way to revive your writing skills and find inspiration!  If you would like me to read and comment on a short piece you’ve written, prose or poetry, please bring it to the bookshop on Friday (if possible, bring 2 copies) and I will do my best to read it and give you my thoughts. Or you may need to talk about your creative writing in a more general way and, if there’s time, I will be happy to do that. If more than one person turns up I may ask you to  return at an agreed time during the morning. While you wait, you will be able to browse the fabulous collection of books at Black Pug Books, 24 West Borough, Wimborne.

 

 

Cinnamon Short Story Writers reading in London, Thursday 13th September

CINNAMON SHORT STORY WRITERS reading from The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction 

In the company of 8 other writers, I will be reading from The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction in London on 13th September. Please join us for the evening!

Thursday, 13 September, 2018 @ The Music Room, 49 Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3HZ. 7 p.m. The readers for the evening will be: Tamsin Hopkins, Jane McLaughlin, Omar Sabbagh, Jez Noond, Kate Mitchell, Isabelle Illasera, Sarah Barr, Diana Powell, and Mark Williams.

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Poetry on the Lake

In late September, I’m hoping to go to The Poetry on the Lake festival , described by Carol Ann Duffy as:  “…perhaps the smallest but possibly the most perfect poetry festival in the world”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZPLIg5tFI8 

It sounds wonderful!

I’m delighted that my poem, ‘Dartmoor Snow’, has been placed 2nd in the open section of the Poetry on the Lake 2018 competition, and will be reading it along with some other poems during the festival weekend. I’m looking forward to meeting other poets.

I’ve never before visited Italy’s northern lakes and so I’m excited to be going and hope to explore the area around  Lake Orta and perhaps also Lake Maggiore.

Society of Authors literary lunch

I had a great time yesterday at a Society of Authors lunch in Salisbury. I’m delighted to be a member of the SOA and plan to make full use of my membership. As another writer said to me, the society offers invaluable help, for example with authors’ contracts, and I can see that networking will also be a feature for me. The speaker yesterday was Helen Corner-Bryant of Cornerstones Literary Consultancy who gave a fascinating and amusing talk about what Cornerstones can offer authors and this is a huge range of services, including manuscript assessment, mentoring, editing, locating the right market for your manuscript, and how to present it to publishers and agents.

Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction

I’m thrilled that 3 of my short stories have been published this month  in the latest Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction edited by Adam Craig and described as ‘a diverse, compelling collection — thought inspiring and gripping.’  The cover is dramatic and makes me want to open the book and read! Other writers in the collection include Diana Powell, Kate Mitchell, Maeve Henry, Tamsin Hopkins and David Mark Williams.

Horses

I’m delighted to see my poem, ‘Horses’, in the latest issue of The London Reader. What a vibrant cover, and inside an engaging collection of writing from all over the world.  This issue ‘After Words: Animal Reflections’ is curated by Christina Claudia Galego and 10% of revenues will be donated to the charity Cool Earth.

Wimborne Literary Festival 2018

The programme of Wimborne Literary Festival 2018 is now available. The festival runs from 12th to 22nd May: ten days of great talks and workshops – speakers include Billy Bragg, Timothy West, Minette Walters, Malcolm Angel and David Starkey. I’m very honoured to be included in this illustrious group as I’m running a writing workshop on May 16th. If it’s like previous years, tickets for the various events will sell very quickly so don’t delay!

Poems in the Waiting Room issue 78

I’m delighted to have one of my poems, ‘Trees on Lewesdon Hill’, in this season’s ‘Poems in the Waiting Room’ pamphlet. What a great charity PiTWR is: providing a practical way  of using poems to uplift and entertain while patients are waiting for medical treatment. The pamphlet is attractive and appealing. This winter’s issue is light blue and contains poems by John Clare, Henry Longfellow, Rudyard Kipling, Sara Teasdale, as well as poems from more contemporary poets: me – Sarah Steele, Meg Peacocke, Elizabeth Clough and Jill Munro.

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