I'm Sara: Aries, vegetarian/vegan cusper, reader, writer, Dan Humphrey denier and pop fan.
In my writing, I am interested in female friendship, the interior lives of women and pop music. My writing idols are Carol Shields, Sarra Manning and Curtis Sittenfeld.
In 2018, I completed an MA in Creative Writing and was Highly Commended: Short Story for the Bridport Prize. My flash fiction and short stories have been published in Dear Damsels. One of my short stories is featured in Test Signal, an anthology of northern writing published by Dead Ink in 2021.
I am currently working on my first novel.
How To Find Yourself, Test Signal, 2021 (you can purchase the book here)
Seating Arrangements, Let Me Know When You're Home: Stories of Female Friendship, 2020 (you can purchase the book here)
work in progress, Dear Damsels Annual 2019 (originally published online September 2018)
Likes, Highly Commended Short Story, Bridport Prize 2018 (later published as The Weekend Read on For Books' Sake - you can purchase the Bridport Prize 2018 anthology here)
Best Friends Forever, Dear Damsels, October 2017
A Circular Route, Dear Damsels, September 2017
How was your day?, Dear Damsels, February 2017
Close You Down, Dear Damsels, December 2016
The Three Bears, Dear Damsels, July 2016
I also write a monthly piece on amazing women from the past for The Heroine Collective.
I am also very lucky to be a researcher on Greenham Women Everywhere, a partnership project between Scary Little Girls and The Heroine Collective which has been funded by Heritage Lottery South West. The project has collected the oral testimonies of some of the women who formed the Greenham Common Peace Camp between 1981 and 2000. These histories will be presented on the Greenham Women Everywhere website, a nationwide exhibition in the summer of 2019, and will have a permanent home at The Women’s Library at The London School of Economics.
Young Adult Affliction
My TinyLetter about books, writing and feelings.
Every six months or so, I write about a book which has made me think about writing, other books, my emotions and stuff I've seen on the telly.
I would love it if you subscribed: www.tinyletter.com/sarasherwood
In an interview with Sonder and Tell, Natasha Lunn, who runs Conversations on Love, very kindly recommended Young Adult Affliction as one of her top newsletters to subscribe to.
Young Adult Affliction started life as 1136 Fifth Avenue Revisited, where I rewatched Gossip Girl and reviewed it with the knowledge that Dan Humphrey (the acclaimed author of Inside) is Gossip Girl.
My investigative reports were an important and impactful piece of scholarship, revered by many and an instant cult classic, but Season 4 of Gossip Girl was very trying so I gave up.
Young Adult Affliction: Archive
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