Hurrah! My home town book launch on 15 October, 7pm Push: My Father, Polio, and Me launch and readings at The Mitre Coffee House, Earlham Road, Norwich. Free event. And fully accessible to wheelchairs. I've been insisting on this - but it's been proving surprisingly difficult, even in 2019.
And we have more Science Festivals booked for Push. Very excited to be in Dundee for 7th October and then Peterborough STEM Festival, 11th October.
Absolutely delighted that The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk where much of Push is set, is hosting a Book Launch, 5th November, 2pm in the theatre followed by afternoon tea and book signing in the Cut Café until 4pm. Free event, fully accessible
It's getting exciting now! Norwich Science Festival has booked the Story Machine Production of Push - Wednesday 23 October in the gorgeous Dragon Hall. Tickets on sale now! Click here!
Pre-publication reading from Push as part of Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Week with Amanda Addison and Sally Anne Lomas. Great Q&A and discussion from warm and engaged audience.
Fantastic time at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Literature Weekend. My usual immersive binge - 14 events in 3 days - madness!
Trying not to be over-excited but my memoir Push : My Father, Polio, and Me (formerly Red Stilts) is to be published by Gatehouse Press in October. I am excited. Really very excited!
Had so much fun reading 'Coffee Time' at Lighthouse Magazine launch on Tuesday 5th, plan to do the same at Norwich Café Writers Open Mic Monday 11th if I get on the list. Watch out for a certain amount of neologism! Oh all right, a great deal...!
Reading 'Shucking Shoes' and other bee and soil poems as a last day NNOpen Studios celebration 1 - 2 pm, Sunday 10 June.
Subscribe to Brittle Star 40! Go on, you know you want to - inspired by my daughter's run in the London Marathon this year, I have a piece about how support is a necessary part of achievement.
The new issue of Brittle Star is out now. See my column on the structure of the short story.
So, scary times ahead. A book proposal for Red Stilts has gone off, and now comes every writer's torment: The Wait. Makes me think of Richard Bach's comment that 'A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit'.
....just heard that they want to see the whole ms. Yay!
Very excited to find that my poem 'Lineage' about my Scottish ancestry, has been selected for Ink Sweat and Tears this month.
Push: My Father, Polio, and Me - a family memoir.
Published by Gatehouse Press
Hardback with photographs available 1st October 2019
Catch the Story Machine Productions show with Q&A on tour at UK science and literature festivals, keep an eye out for autumn dates.
Find out why the Drakes Place Marmalade recipe heads this page!
‘At least two of these stories would have been strong contenders for Best British Short Stories 2015 had I seen them in time. Sarah Passingham writes beautiful prose and totally gets the short story.’ Nicholas Royle
Wow! That's some accolade! - a shame the book got lost en route.
Read an author interview with Rebeccah Giltrow.
'... but also a trip in icicle clear prose to make maple syrup in a winter landscape with Sarah Passingham ...'
Maureen Duffy, foreword to anthology 'Said and Done'
'The latest issue of The London Magazine features "The Engineer's Daughter" by Sarah Passingham. A brief study of bitter pride, it's a remarkable example of economical writing, painstaking in its attention to detail.'
Nicholas Royle, 'Time Out'
'At home, I have just finished the latest edition of Brittle Star magazine - fab as usual. It's one of the ones I really enjoy getting ... But it was the piece of short fiction by Sarah Passingham called "Ironing it better" which blew me away. It was so good, real and bleak that I actually started crying at the dinner table, was forced to stop, regroup, put down my cutlery and enjoy the punch-in-the-gut sheer bloody strength of it a second time, this time without eating. Which of course made me cry again, a situation which Lord H tried to improve by putting his napkin on his head and pretending to be a Mohican. Hmm, maybe we should get out more? Or possibly stay in more, so we frighten people less ... Anyway, Lord H's trick worked, but the feeling of Passingham's piece is still with me now. Fabulous.'
Anne Brooke, author of 'The Gifting', 'Maloney's Law', 'Thorn in the Flesh' - annebrooke.blogspot.com