Sarah Hymas


I am a poet, performer, short story writer. My work has appeared in single collections, anthologies, magazines, pamphlets and within multimedia performances and exhibitions. I'm a Hawthornden Fellow. As a collaborator, I've worked with two other writers, as 3dV, performing multi-voiced poetic stories around the northwest for five years.

I was poet in residence for Calderdale Libraries, 2003-2005, where I worked closely with library staff, a photographer and painter to promote the benefits of reading. Now I devise live literature performances with the musician, Steve Lewis. I was the founding editor of Lancaster Literature Festival's publishing imprint Flax, creating digital, readable, entertaining and beautiful anthologies. I've produced two UK-wide tours of international poets for Arc Publications, in libraries, literature festivals and bookshops. I also work as a career coach (accredited in 2008), a mentor and workshop facilitator.



Poetry, Blogging, Collaborative Work, Autobiography

Publications & Performance History

Sarah published 'Closet Collection' a short story collection in 1995. Her poetry has appeared in UK magazines, including, The British Council's New Writing 15, Magma, The Rialto, Tadeeb, Keystone, Staple, Tears in the FenceRain Dog, The Leeds Guide, Orbis, Agenda, The Slab, Smiths Knoll, Shadowtrain, The Art of Love exhibition, London, The Dukes 2003 Christmas programme, Cadenza, Raconteur. Her first poetry collection, Bedrock, is due out with Waterloo Press winter 2009 She has written the libretto for the improvised opera Flocking, comissioned by the Lancaster Jazz Festival 2006 and the script for I Wish You Love, a conversation between Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf. She also write the lyrics for Afro-pop band DC Dansette. She has performed with musician Steve Lewis around the North West as Hymas&Lewis, with the writing trio, 3dV and solo as a puppeteer and poet, promoted by Apples and Snakes and other organisations.

Workshop & Reading Experience

Sarah has facilitated writing and performance workshops since 1998 in a variety of settings, including adult education, primary schools, prisons, libraries, community groups and with undergraduates. I practice experiential and self-directed workshops, in which participants are encouraged to explore what they want to express and how best to say it, rather than imposing rules, so people learn through play and experimentation.


Andy Darby, Artistic Director, Litfest, The Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH 01524 62166

Group size preference


Group age preference

16 +

Working languages


Area prepared to travel

NW England

Other information

CRB checked References Moira Martingale, Managing Director French House Experience, Residential Holiday Learning Courses 07900 322791
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