Sarah Dale is an occupational psychologist who runs her own practice in Nottingham. She is currently in her second year of the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University.
Sarah started writing seriously some years ago and self-published two non-fiction books, Keeping Your Spirits Up, and Bolder and Wiser. The latter won an Indie Brag award.
In recent years, she has allowed herself (and is still learning on that front!) to take herself seriously as a writer of fiction, and has stories published in Bandit Fiction, the Mechanics Institute Review #15, Fiction Pool, the Letters Page and Nottingham Writers’ Studio journal.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?
A: A Doll’s House for Fiona by Thelma Lambert. It was given to me by a family friend and was the right book at the right time to really fire me up. As a very small child, I’m told I was drawn to John Lennon’s poetry and short story book, In His Own Write, and carefully thumbed through the pages, even though I was too young to read it.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: I get quite superstitious about mugs. Different mugs for different times of day.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: One of many favourite spots on the South West Coast Path. We finished walking the full 630 miles of it earlier this year. Perhaps sunset on Poldhu Beach after a hot sunny day with my daughters.