Sarah Passingham writes non-fiction, short fiction, poetry, libretti, performance work and life-writing.
After an early career in London as a graphic designer and typographer, she moved into the field of professional entertainment, working with many well known rock music acts, progressing through the world of theatre and onwards to the outdoor arena. After twelve years creating and directing hundreds of events, she then published four books of event management for the voluntary sector.
For the last fifteen years, her writing has mainly concentrated on more creative themes and she has had short stories published by various literary journals, including: The London Magazine, Brittle Star, Fenland Reed and Stand Magazine. Her work has been broadcast by the BBC, and she won the Julia Fitzgerald Award for short fiction 1996. In 2002, her libretto for the oratorio Julian - Mystical Revelations was recorded and released on CD and premiered in Norwich Cathedral, 2005.
She has recently completed a full length memoir about her childhood with a very personal take on the fall-out of the polio epidemic of 1952. 'Push: My Father, Polio, and Me' was published by Gatehouse press, 2019 and made Jarrolds Independent Bookshop Top Ten Reads of the year. A stage show by Story Machine Productions based on the book and performed by Sarah and Nadenh Poan, a polio survivor and wheelchair dancer, has had to be postponed by the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic. What an irony!
Sarah is interested in almost everything but is especially curious about science and the poetry of mathematics, she is delighted to be a trustee of the SAW Trust, an organisation dedicated to the interdisciplinary approach to Science, Art and Writing. In 2019 she was invited to join the committee of Norwich Café Writers, featuring Open Mic and guest readers drawn from some of the very best prose and poetry writers working today, and home of the national Café Writers Prize competition.
Sarah is the short story columnist for Brittle Star Magazine, and her collection of short stories, 'Hoad and Other Stories' was published by Stonewood Press, 2014.
She lives with her husband on the edge of the Norfolk Broads National Park; a place known for its wide skies, wildlife and watery beauty.
Other Literature Activities -
• Member of the Society of Authors
• Member of the Poetry Society
• Member of East Anglian Writers
• Committee member Café Writers (Norwich-based writing community promoting new and established writers)
• Leader for ten years of Norwich Arts Centre Book Group
• Board member of the SAW Trust (Science, Art and Writing), an educational trust for the advancement of greater understanding between the three disciplines
• Consultant on SeeSaw, anthology of work by school children benefiting from SAW Trust projects in Norfolk schools, 2005