I am a freelance writer, poet and arts journalist based in London. My work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Wasafiri, The North, The White Review, and others, including anthologies. I hold a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck College, University of London. My prose and poetry have been commended for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, shortlisted for the Fish Short Memoir Prize, and Highly Commended in the Poetry Book Society National Student Poetry Competition.
Most recently, I was selected for the Primers mentorship and publication scheme, which is run by The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press. A pamphlet-length collection of my work appears in Primers Volume Three, published in April 2018 by Nine Arches Press.
I am also a literary critic and arts journalist, and one of eight Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics 2017-2018, a groundbreaking and innovative mentorship scheme co-founded by Sandeep Parmar and Sarah Howe.
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