I am a freelance writer, poet, critic and arts journalist 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 The North, 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 and the National Trust. I will be teaching a creative writing workshop for adults on exploring and writing one’s personal heritage in poetry at The Poetry School in October 2019.

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