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I am a freelance writer, poet, and critic based in Waltham Forest, London. My poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews and journalism have appeared in literary journals such as Wasafiri, The Poetry Review, and Poetry London, and in national presses such as The Telegraph and the Guardian. I am currently working towards my debut poetry collection with the generous support of a Developing Your Creative Practice grant awarded by the Arts Council England.

In 2017, I was a winner of The Poetry School/Nine Arches Press Primers Competition, which seeks to find, mentor and publish exciting new voices in poetry. A pamphlet-length collection of my work appears in Primers Volume Three published by Nine Arches Press in April 2018.

Also, in 2017, I was selected as a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic, a groundbreaking and innovative mentorship scheme co-founded by Sandeep Parmar and Sarah Howe.

I am a passionate educator of both children and adults, and recently taught primary school students on the Colonial Countryside project in collaboration with the University of Leicester, the National Trust and Peepal Tree Press. I also recently taught a creative writing workshop for adults on exploring and writing one’s personal heritage in poetry at The Poetry School.

If you would like to discuss a commission, a residency, a reading, or arrange a creative writing workshop, please contact me at:

saralaestruch (at) hotmail.com