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Getting to the Heart of Things


I’m very pleased to share another lovely review of How to Grow Matches (Against The Grain Press):

“​…Leavesley moves through a series of womanly speakers in a way that is both hard-hitting and memorable, making for a wonderful collection overall.

“The poems move from the personal and intimate – ‘Atomic’ – through to the universal – ‘Facts of/for/against survival’ – and with each stroke Leavesley contributes towards a well-rounded and cohesive image that holds the individual together as a whole…

“Leavesley’s work, while well-crafted and distinctive, is also packed with standout stanzas that stick with you long after the poems have been read through, and that is one of many reasons why her work is so (re-)readable.

This is a poignant and powerful collection overall, and it’s a fine addition to Leavesley’s growing catalogue of poetic achievements; a worthy investment for anyone looking for a good book to sink into this weekend.”

Charlotte Barnes, Mad Hatter Reviews, full review here.


My sequence From The Heart’s Diary published on Bonnie’s Crew here on 16 June 2018.

Poem Awkward Silence accepted for Marble.

Interviews and Events

Only four days now until An Unconventional History of Maidenhood, Mothering and Mistresses at Wolverhampton Artfsest, so earlier this week I had a quick chat about the event with Jason Forrest for his The Milk Bar podcast. This can be enjoyed here, with my fun ‘grilling’ about the event about 18 mins 35s through. The interview was also featured on 101.8 WCRfm, the Community Radio service for the City of Wolverhampton. (It can also be played through the embedded soundcloud track at the end of this blogpost.)

advert-collab-finalgrad2Thursday, June 28, University of Wolverhampton Artsfest – An Unconventional History of Maidenhood, Mothering and Mistresses

When: 28 June 2018 – 28 June 2018, 7.30pm

At: Tilstone, Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton,West Midlands, WV1 1SE

Writers Katy Wareham Morris, Ruth Stacey and Sarah James draw on history, literature and art for their poems and narratives about women’s roles and experience in society – now and in the past.

Tickets: FREE – reserve your place at

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 – V. Press showcase at this year’s Flash Fiction Festival at Trinity College, Bristol

For more information and to book tickets for the weekend-long festival, please visit the website here.

Thursday, 26 July 2018 – Motherhood, Birth and Women in Conflict – Waterstones, Leamington Spa

Waterstones are proud to introduce four critically acclaimed award-winning poets to share their versions of Motherhood through poems celebrating the strength, resilience, and both internal and external conflicts of the human spirit. These poems span honest portraits of everyday experiences of contemporary and historical mothering, the suppression and strength of British queens, and survivors of the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Featuring Antony Owen, Katy Wareham Morris, Ruth Stacey and Sarah James.

Entry free. Signed copies available on night.

Time: 6.30pm-8pm.

Venue: Waterstones, Leamington Spa, 1 Warwick St, Leamington Spa CV32 4QG

Monday, August 20 – Tales Between the Ales night at The Two Towers Brewery, Birmingham

AT: The Two Towers Brewery, 29 Shadwell Street Birmingham B4 6HB

TIME: 7 -9.30pm.

Sarah will be reading at this night of themed poetry (and fiction) celebrating all things to do with the summer: myths, legends, folklore, mischief, magic, and/or personal remembrances etc, with a twist on the subject of summer. Other readers include Colin Ward, Stephen Maguire and Ray Bradnock.

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