June This month I'm reading two poems on Jenny Pagdin's The Lockdown Stage It was live, but now available on YouTube.
I'm also thrilled to be one of 30 Poets - The Cambridge Writing Retreat Podcast: a different poet for every day of flaming June. You can catch me reading 'I Live With My Sourdough Mother' on day 16.
April Lockdown reading needed? PUSH: My Father and Me is suddenly looking very relevant. The polio epidemic called The Summer Plague in 1952, isolation and recovery. Now available for e-readers and Kindle from Gatehouse Press
February New project, working towards a poetry collection. Couldn't be more delighted to have four - FOUR! - poems accepted by Indigo Dreams Publishing for a forthcoming issue of the beautiful journal Sarasvati. And you can read my poem The Machinist in Ink, Sweat and Tears right now - be warned, it's a departure... feel free to leave a comment.
New Year and the start of 2020. And here we are with PUSH making the Jarrolds Top Ten Reads of 2019! What an incredible accolade. I feel quite astounded.
27 November University of Suffolk a teaching engagement this time with the wonderful students of Amanda Hodgkinson's Creative Writing department. Exploring responses in short fiction.
15 November East Anglian Book Awards and Literary Lunch with speeches from Ed Parnell (Ghostland), Rachel Hore (Last Letter Home) and Me! (Push) The theme this year is what effect the East Anglian landscape has on our writing. The same subject, but three very different personal responses. For me? It's what keeps me sane in this very uncomfortable world of the writer.
What an astonishing time! My feet have barely touched the ground. The first launch and the Story Machine Production have been received with so much support and love. Thursday 24th Oct was World Polio Day and Global Citizen made a film about the importance of vaccination and used Push's story as the hook to hang it on. I couldn't have been more delighted, and I have heard from so many sources that they think my father would be so proud of what's happening. Next up...
5th November, 2pm Absolutely delighted that The Cut theatre in Halesworth, Suffolk where much of Push is set, is hosting a Book Launch followed by afternoon tea and book signing in the Cut Café until 4pm. Free event, fully accessible. Click here for details.
23 October It's getting exciting now! Norwich Science Festival has booked the Story Machine Production of Push - in the gorgeous Dragon Hall. Tickets on sale now! Click here!
15 October, 7pm Norfolk launch. Hurrah! Push: My Father, Polio, and Me in my home town 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.
7th October Dundee Science Festival Push the Show. The first of the Story Machine Production multimedia shows.
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...!
Push: My Father, Polio, and Me - a family memoir.
Published by Gatehouse Press
Independent bookshop Jarrolds Top Ten Reads of 2019
Catch the Story Machine Productions show with Q&A on tour at UK science and literature festivals, keep an eye out for 2020 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