- The Guardian, 2017.
Sarah Hall received a BA from Aberystwyth University, Wales, and a MLitt in Creative Writing from St Andrews, Scotland. She is the author of Haweswater, which won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award, and a Lakeland Book of the Year prize.
In 2004, her second novel, The Electric Michelangelo, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia region), and the Prix Femina Etranger, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Her third novel, The Carhullan Army, (Daughters of the North, USA) was published in 2007, and won the 2006/07 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, a Lakeland Book of the Year prize, was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award. The Carhullan Army was listed as one of The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade.
Her fourth novel, How To Paint A Dead Man, was published in 2009 and was longlisted for the Man Booker prize and won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2010.
The Wolf Border, her fifth novel, was published in 2015, to much critical acclaim, and was shortlisted for The Southbank Sky Arts Awards and the James Tate Memorial Black prize, and won the 2015 Cumbria Life Culture Awards 'Writer of the Year' prize.
Her first collection of short stories, titled The Beautiful Indifference, was published by Faber & Faber in November 2011. The Beautiful Indifference won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012 and the Edge Hill short story prize, it was also short-listed for the Frank O'Connor Prize. Her second collection, Madame Zero, was published in 2017. The lead story, Mrs Fox, won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013.
Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Sarah Hall is an honorary fellow of Aberystwyth University and the University of Cumbria, and a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2007). She is a member of the Royal Society of Literature. She has judged a number of prestigious literary awards and prizes. She is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters EM Forster Award. She has tutored for the Faber Academy, The Guardian, the Arvon Foundation, and has taught creative writing in a variety of establishments in the UK and abroad. She was born and raised in Cumbria and currently lives in Norwich.
Guardian review written by Sarah about Mary Gaitskill’s This Is Pleasure www.theguardian.com/books
Women at war: why do we still struggle with the idea of female soldiers? www.theguardian.com/books
Sarah has a new short story called 'The Woman The Book Read' published in the New Statesman: www.newstatesman.com/culture/fiction
Sarah and curator Melanie Vandenbrouck consider the moon's illuminating impact on literature. BBC Radio 4 Open Book: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
Sarah's story Goodnight Nobody (from Madame Zero) is one of the winners of the 2019 O. Henry Prize for short fiction: www.lithub.com/announcing-the-100th-annual-o-henry-prize
Sarah has contributed to an exhibition at Wordsworth House and Garden called 'This Land Is Our Land': www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house-and-garden
Sarah spoke on The Art of Intimacy on BBC R4, Thursday 31st January: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
Article in The Guardian on trauma and the unexpected tonic of extreme reading: www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle
Lycian Writers Sarah will be teaching fiction writing courses in the South of Turkey, spring and autumn 2019. Find out more
Madame Zero won the 2018 Edge Hill Readers' Choice Award. The Edge Hill Short Story Prize was won by the wonderful Tessa Hadley. www.edgehill.ac.uk/shortstory
Who Pays? A new story commissioned by The New York Times Magazine: www.nytimes.com
Sudden Traveller has been shortlisted for the BBC short story award 2018. www.theguardian.com/books
Sarah on Cumbria in The Guardian: www.theguardian.com/books
Sarah's story Later, His Ghost has made it into the Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story: www.penguin.co.uk
Sarah was Chair of judges for the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize 2018, congratulations to Kevin Jared Hosein: www.commonwealthwriters.org
Sarah has a new piece in Toast magazine: Long Slow Road to the Sea
Madame Zero is one of five books on the 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist: www.edgehill.ac.uk/shortstory
The Cambridge Festival of Creative Writing 7th July. Evening discussion with Sarah Hall. www.ice.cam.ac.uk
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist 2018 has just been announced: www.commonwealthwriters.org
Madame Zero is also on the Gordon Burn Prize Longlist: www.newwritingnorth.com
Sarah appeared on BBC Radio 4 Front Row, discussing Norwich, 7th May. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
Sarah talked about Madame Zero on Radio 3 The Verb 2nd March. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
A piece written by Sarah for Granta about Cumbrian Fell Ponies: www.granta.com
Travel piece for Toast Magazine One Night in Istanbul: www.travels.toa.st
Mention of Madame Zero by David Mitchell: www.theguardian.com/books
Discussion on the future of books, BBC Radio 4 Front Row: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
Madame Zero gets some mentions in 'Best Books of 2017' lists: www.theguardian.com/books www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine
Madame Zero won the best fiction category of the 2017 East Anglian Book Of The Year Awards.
'A perfect balance of language and content...' review of Madame Zero by the The Los Angeles Review of Books www.lareviewofbooks.org
Sarah appeared on BBC Radio 4 Only Artists 9am Wednesday 8th November: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders wins The Man Booker Prize 2017, 17th October: www.themanbookerprize.com
Top 10 contemporary short stories: www.theguardian.com/books
Madame Zero has been shortlisted for the East Anglian book of the year award - fiction shortlist: www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk
The Royal Society of Literature Reading Group recommendations: www.rsliterature.org
The 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize judging panel is chaired by Sarah Hall: www.commonwealthwriters.org
The Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist is announced, 13th September: www.themanbookerprize.com/news
Sarah in conversation with Tessa Hadley: www.granta.com
Sarah has a new short story called The Bridgewalker on BBC Radio 4 www.bbc.co.uk
My Writing Day in the Guardian: www.theguardian.com
The Lake District has been granted Unesco world heritage status and Sarah has written this article in response: www.telegraph.co.uk
Review of Madame Zero – exceptional short stories www.theguardian.com
Sarah was on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, Friday 7th July www.bbc.co.uk
Madame Zero, a haunting collection of stories, published July 2017 www.amazon.co.uk
Sarah has published a new short story called 'Orton' in The Amorist: www.theamorist.co.uk
Art & Sexuality 23rd May, at the Norfolk and Norwich festival: www.nnfestival.org.uk
An abridged version of the new introduction Sarah wrote for the reissue of James Salter's A Sport And A Pastime: www.theguardian.com
Sarah's written a new short story, commissioned by Sotheby's to accompany their erotic art auction: www.sothebys.com
Books in 2017, a literary calendar: www.theguardian.com/books
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