Sarah Thomas is a writer of creative non-fiction. She has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (creative writing) from the University of Glasgow and recently trained in Embodied Storytelling with performance storyteller Jo Blake Cave. Her poetic, layered style draws upon her background in ethnographic documentary and her choice to dwell deeply. Her childhood was spent in Kenya and, following the 2008 financial crisis, she lived for several years in Iceland’s Westfjords. Both experiences have informed her commitment to work that addresses the complexity of human relationships with the living world. The Raven’s Nest, a memoir set in Iceland, was longlisted for the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize in 2019. Extracts have been published in Caught by the River and Earthlines Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Dark Mountain and was a contributing editor for Issue 14: TERRA. Her essays have also been published in Zoomorphic and Ós Journal among others.
In 2013, author Robert Macfarlane selected Sarah as Penguin Books ‘Summer Wayfarer’ – a mobile writer-in-residence. Walking and wild camping across Britain in the spirit of Macfarlane’s The Old Ways, she wrote daily for Penguin’s blog A Journey on Foot. In 2016 her essay ‘Rainfall, Fell’, commissioned by the Free Word Weatherfronts initiative, was the focus of discussions and panel events on writing climate change at Hay Literary Festival, Durham Book Fair, the Royal Geographical Society, and elsewhere. Her writing is to be included in the upcoming anthology Women On Nature, edited by Katharine Norbury.
Her documentary films have screened at cinemas and film festivals in the UK and worldwide, including the Channel 4 cinema in London, the Bilan Ethnographique in Paris, Platforma Video Festival in Athens, Mostra do Filme Etnografico in Rio de Janeiro, and Reykjavík International Film Festival.