Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

The Bridport Prize 2016

I went to a brilliant lunch in Bridport last Saturday for the prize-giving. I was delighted to receive the Dorset Prize for my poem, ‘Making Tea, Drinking Coffee’, which can be read in the Bridport Prize anthology 2016 along with all the other fantastic poems, stories and flash fictions that are this year’s winning entries. The judges were fascinating to listen to and Patience Agabi’s talk chimed particularly with me.


Poem for National Poetry Day



The dry stone walls lining the lane

were decorated with toadflax, lichen,

and tiny faces of heartsease.


The pale stones like warm pumice

were home to basking lizards,

glistening slow-worms with flicking tongues,


and fat-bodied, mottled spiders,

their slung webs like fragile silk doilies.


Strings of lights, pin-points of fire


lit our way returning, our footsteps

and our words echoing up the gardens

and ahead of us, along the lane.




© Sarah Barr


Back to School

After a long summer break, WWG is back with a seminar this week and it will be great for us all to see each other and flex our writing muscles after gadding about enjoying ourselves at home and abroad!  Over the summer, we’ve had so many writing successes! One of Martin’s short stories has been shortlisted in The Wells Festival competition; Penny and Mary both have stories in ‘The Best of Cafe Lit 5’ (Penny has 2 in this magazine); Mary’s story, ‘Winter Games’,  is to be published  in the Momaya Press 2016 anthology. Gail had success recently with a travel writing piece, and there are other successes, too, so I will no doubt be updating this post soon!

Write Away workshop

I’m running a writing workshop as part of Wimborne Literary Festival. It should be great fun – all writers from beginners to experienced are welcome! I’m delighted to be taking part in the Lit Fest. It promises to be a fantastic week with Ken Livingstone, Billy Bragg and Brian Blessed, to name just a few (very well-known!) names. I’m intrigued by the ‘Gong Bath’ event – an ‘improvisational concert’ – at Deans Court. It sounds wonderfully relaxing.

My workshop is at Wimborne Library on Tuesday, 17th May. Tickets are selling well. There are still a few places left.

Wimborne Literary Festival

Wimborne Lit Fest is on! May 12th-21st. Some great speakers and events – Ken Livingstone, Brian Blessed, Billy Bragg, Dr Colin Beveridge. And I expect to be running a writing workshop.

WWG News

Congratulations on your new job, Gail, and good luck with it! We look forward to hearing how it’s going, so hope you will still keep coming to our WWG group.

WWG successes!

Wimborne Writing Group members are having so many successes – it’s brilliant! Chris has published his atmospheric and fascinating novel, ‘The Summertime Blues’, which is now available on Amazon, including on Kindle. What a fab cover.

Penny has started her wonderful blog where you can read her thoughts on writing and also info about all  her recent publications.

Mary, Penny and Robin have stories published recently in This Little World anthology. See Gail’s website for more on this.

There are more WWG successes to report but this is enough for one post!


The Frogmore Papers no. 86

The latest edition of The Frogmore Papers is now out with a fabulous cover and, of course, much great writing inside! My winning poem, ‘January’, is in this edition, along with some of the other shortlisted poems, and the judge’s report by the excellent John McCullough. You can read more about the competition and other Frogmore poetry news on the blogspot.

I’m reading in Bath tomorrow

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Momaya short story

My short story, ‘Seahorse’, has won 2nd prize in the 2015 Momaya Short Story Competition. The theme of the competition was ‘Treasure’ and an anthology of selected stories on this theme will be published by Momaya in November. The theme for the 2016 Momaya competition is ‘Ambition’. This is a competition that is worth entering – both for the prize and also the opportunity of publication.

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