Sarah Passingham



Short fiction



Performance work


Sarah Passingham at PUSH launch

PUSH - My Father, Polio, and Me

Published by Gatehouse Press 2019

Independent bookshop Jarrold's Top Ten Reads of 2019

Longlisted for the Mslexia Prize 2014.

In 1952 three things happened to Push Pulman: he narrowly missed out on qualifying to row in the Olympics; he married Diana; and six weeks later he contracted polio.

His life was changed forever.

"'Push' Pulman was a remarkably determined man who defied everyone not to treat him normally. This engrossing book tells his story with wit and power."                                            Tom Shakespeare

""This well-researched and endearingly personal book is a timely reminder of the importance of vaccination. Push is a celebration of the skill and determination disabled people have to offer. Sarah’s pride and appreciation in growing up with a disabled parent shines through."                                                      Dr Hannah S. Barham Brown

PUSH Production

Latest news


Oct 2020

Best news all year! PUSH: My Father, Polio, and Me has been shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2020, Memoir and Biography Category.

Oct 2020

Live reading to celebrate the launch of Lighthouse Journal 21 - The Body issue. Delighted to read from my article 'Our Bodies Are Not Our Identities'.

Aug 2020

Not one, but three! poems in Obsessed With Pipework 91 poetry journal. And a poem in HCE magazine as well - read it here. I'm on a roll! 

Maureen Duffy, foreword to anthology 'Said and Done'

'... a trip in icicle clear prose to make maple syrup in a winter landscape with Sarah Passingham'

‘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

Recent and forthcoming

2 Oct 2020 - Lighthouse Journal 21 Launch


Reading from Our Bodies Are Not Our Identities, article looking at disability equality. Register for free here.

15 Sept 2020 - Norwich Writers' Circle


Setting the brief for the IVY FERRARI CUP Short Story competition (Deadline for entries: 3rd Nov 2020). 

Talk and Q&A about writing and Push. 

16 June 2020 - '30 Poets: The Cambridge Writers' Retreat Podcast


Join Gaynor Clements and a different poet for every day in June for a new poetry podcast. Because we all need a little poetry in our lives at the moment.

03 June 2020 -

The Lockdown Stage


A virtual poetry evening featuring 10 poets reading 2 poems each. Watch here.



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