March celebrations!

March 8, 2022 sarahjameswrites

March has always been a busy one for me, but busy in a good way, with International Women’s Day on 8 March, then Mothers’ Day (on 27 March in the UK this year). Women’s experience, empowerment and motherhood have been features of lots of my work. But this year, rather than sharing one of my own poems, I want to mark it with joy at a writer-friend’s International Women’s Day publication of her collection, House Work. Even a short blogpost can benefit from the suspense of a cliffhanger though, so find out more about the book and why I’d recommend, you’ll have read on to the end… (For a quick read, it’s the recommendation after my very brief poetry, fiction and photography news.)


My poem Living Ink – all tattoos have a story behind them! – published on Fragmented Voices in March 2022.

I was delighted to have a poem shortlisted in the Country Life poetry competition 2021.

An amber star published in Ethel Zine, issue 8 in summer 2021.


Two flash longlisted in the Cranked Anvil November 2021 flash fiction contest.


‘ripples deflect reality’ and ‘secret city’ have been accepted for publication in Free Verse Revolution Issue V: Cassandra in March 2022.

My photo ‘the first ladybird’ has been accepted for the cover of Southlight 31


I was unbelievably pleased to get an advance copy of Khadija Rouf’s debut poetry collection, House Work (Fair Acre Press), and provide a short endorsement for the back cover. This can be found below, and more about this strong and tender collection, including ordering, here.

“Don’t be misled by the title, to read House Work is to discover surprises on every page, sifted from mundane chores and home’s hidden corners. These poems range across the tender and erotic, painfully beautiful and moving, and charged with womanhood, all carefully choreographed together. From Amazonian hoovering or a fridge singing in Reykjavik to ‘Us, making the sounds of trees, trapping / animal calls beneath our fingernails’, Khadija Rouf offers us exquisite imagery and memorable lines throughout. A stunning collection.”
Sarah James

Endorsement for Khadija Rouf, House Work (Fair Acre Press), 2022)

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