Sarah Barr was born in London, studied English at London University and social sciences at Southampton University, and now lives in Dorset where she writes poetry and fiction, teaches writing and mentors writers. She has worked as a counsellor and as an Open University tutor of social sciences and creative writing.
Her short stories have been published in anthologies, including in The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction (2018), The Momaya Press Short Story Review (2015) and Wooing Mr Wickham (Honno Modern Fiction), and in magazines including Woman’s Weekly and The Lady. Her poetry pamphlet January was published in 2020.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: I don’t have one lucky talisman but I do find certain notebooks helpful – hardback, small, lined and preferably either Moleskine or black and red. I need a pencil with an eraser on the end!
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘Once I start work on a project, I don’t stop and I don’t slow down unless I absolutely have to. If I don’t write every day, the characters begin to stale off in my mind – they begin to seem like characters instead of real people.’ – Stephen King in On Writing.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: I’d like to be able to stretch time for myself and those I’m close to.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: I’d go to a very snowy climate where there’s nothing much to do apart from be with family and friends, find paths through the snow, and write.
The woods are lovely in this pink winter light, the setting sun glinting off snow and the bare branches like a Japanese painting. I needed to come back, to remember, to feel the ground beneath my feet. I padded downstairs, heard cooking sounds, clicked the door behind me, pushed open the garden gate and now …