About Me


I’m a writer. I live on a boat.

Over the past couple of decades, as well as home educating my kids, I’ve worked as a freelance copywriter, exam invigilator, and done time as an assistant on a butcher’s counter. Currently, I’m an associate lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, and partway through a Ph.D., exploring the canals of Manchester through creative non-fiction. I tutor through The Brilliant Club and, from September 2021, I’ll be a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, based at Manchester University.

I have two published novels, The Summer of Secrets (2015) and You Never Told Me (2020). In 2018, I was shortlisted for the Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Competition, with ‘a poignant entry about the difficulties of connection’. I was also shortlisted for the 2020 QuietManDave Prize for Flash Non-Fiction. My essay, ‘In Search of the Port of Manchester’, can be found in the 2019 anthology Port: Words from the edge of land

I’m represented by Carrie Plitt at Felicity Bryan Associates.

Over on Instagram¬†and Twitter, I’m sarahontheboat.