Biography

Sarah James/S.A. Leavesley is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer. Overton Poetry Prize winner 2015 and shortlisted in the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine 2018, she is author of four poetry collections, three poetry pamphlets, a touring poetry-play and two novellas. Her poetry has won or been shortlisted for many prizes, with individual poems published by the Financial Times, the GuardianThe Forward Book of Poetry 2016, on Worcestershire buses and in the Blackpool Illuminations. Her collection plenty-fish was shortlisted in the International Rubery Book Awards 2016, The Magnetic Diaries was highly commended in the Forward Prizes and her debut Into the Yell won third prize in the International Rubery Book Awards 2011. Sarah’s other work includes editing, mentoring, facilitating workshops, commissions, residencies and festival readings. Her poetry has featured on the BBC, in poetryfilms and on radio. A published essay and CNF writer, Sarah is currently longlisted in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2018: Aberystwyth University Prize for an Essay Collection and was longlisted for the memoir prize in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2017. She also runs V. Press, a poetry and flash imprint shortlisted in The Michael Marks Publishers’ Award 2017. 

Personal Website: http://www.sarah-james.co.uk

Published Work