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


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! 

June 2020

Here's my episode of 30 Poets - The Cambridge Writing Retreat Podcast 'I Live With My Sourdough Mother'. This month I'm reading two poems on Jenny Pagdin's The Lockdown Stage It was live, but now available on YouTube. 

April 2020

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.

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

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.

23 Jan 2020 - A Conversation with Sarah Passingham

Holy Trinity Church Norwich

Readings from PUSH and talk to the Young at Heart Group



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