My name is Sarah Dobbs. I’m a lecturer in English and Creative Writing. My novel Killing Daniel is out now from @UnthankBooks. I’ve been nominated for the Guardian’s Not the Booker award and have taught on the Guardian Masterclass series, as well as at Manchester, Lancaster, Edge Hill and Sunderland University, where I’m currently a full time lecturer in Creative Writing.
Here are some of the things I’ve been / will be involved with…
As Linda was Buying the Tulips, Unthology 9 – Unthank Books, 2017
The End – with Zoe Lambert, Ailsa Cox, AJ Ashworth and more…(out October 2016)
Unthology 8 – ed Ashley Stokes
English Language, Literature and Creative Writing: A Practical Guide for Students (ed Sarah Dobbs)
Out 1 September 2014
Red Room – New Short Stories inspired by the Brontes (ed AJ Ashworth)
Out 1 November, 2013
5 November, 2012, Unthank Books
Listen to an extract here
My story, Hachiko, which is one of the 18 stories in this book, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Cover by Jenny Swindells
Short story, Bird-Watching
The bird was wedged sideways in Possum’s mouth. The cat’s fur was fluffy at the back like a tulle skirt. His green eyes blinked at Rachel through the French doors.
At first, she didn’t realise it was still alive.
Should you write what you want, or write what you should?
A piece in October’s Writing Magazine
‘But the point is, KILLING DANIEL is the novel I wanted to write. I might have preferred to write it in ten years’ time,perhaps when my writing could fit the novel more, but the effort that went into it was massive. Seemingly unending. The book didn’t fit in with many publisher’s lists and preferences. But it fit, finally, with Unthank.”
A piece of fiction about the things we look towards and away from. You can read it in Six Minute Magazine this fall (that’s what the Americans say) 🙂
This piece of micro-fiction was worked on here and is me trying something new/other than my usual wordiness.
Goggle – The God Bones
My short story The God Bones has been published by Goggle. Here’s me reading a snippet from it.
You can buy it here
First competition finalist for Flybe magazine. Read my story in May/June
The Best of Bolton
The God-Bones – play
Thought-provoking collection of fiction, poetry and life-writing by new and established Northern writers.
Creative Writing the Artist’s Way – distance-based creative writing and face-to-face courses
Wonderland – short story
The God-bones – immersive audio story
Voices anthology at Word Soup
Drawing Alice – novel
The Red Balloon – short
Game, Set Love-Match (novel)
The Lemonade Girl – novel extract, Unthology
Contemporary romance novel