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Sarah Tarbit

  • Sid Chaplin Award: Highly Commended, 2020
Sarah Tarbit

Sarah has always been fascinated by stories and being brought up in Northumberland meant that there were plenty of them around to spark her imagination. So it came as no surprise when she gained BA and MA degrees in Creative Writing and started scribbling down stories about the folk in the North. Her writing for children takes inspiration from the myths and legends of Northumberland, while her adult work explores working-class life in the region.


“I’m hugely grateful to Naomi Booth, Michael Chaplin and New Writing North for their support. Having them back my work is empowering, it means validation – not just for me as a writer, but for working-class stories and stories from underrepresented groups as a whole. It shows there are people who value these stories, see that they need to be told, and will help get them into the world.”

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