Sadie Nott is working on a novel or two. She also writes short fiction, with words in A Wild and Precious Life, Liars' League, MIR Online, LossLit, The Selkie and The Book of Godless Verse. She has won a Creative Future Literary Award and has two published non-fiction books.
A Ton of Feathers
A Ton of Feathers is the coming-of-age story of Louise Hayes, her entangled relationship with her hippy mother, and New Age idealism gone seriously awry.
Here is a Spotify Playlist of twenty songs which inspired me when writing the book.
The novel's opening has been selected to appear in the TLC/AM Heath Free Reads Anthology.
It has been shortlisted in:
David Higham Associates Open Day competition
York Festival of Writing Friday Night Live Competition
Retreat West Novel Opening competition
and longlisted in
The novel's opening was chosen for the Spread the Word/Rocking Chair Books agent feedback opportunity and its pitch was a winner in the Cornerstones pitch competition.
I am currently seeking representation for A Ton of Feathers.
I have started working on a second novel.
This story was written in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The disjointedness of its helix format gave me a way to write about what I was struggling to articulate. The story appeared in MIR Online's Stories in the Time of Covid-19 edition, 24th March 2020.
My allegorical story, 'Ray', was chosen as a winning story by Liar's League for their event on the theme of Women and Girls where it was read out by an actress Miranda Harrison at The Phoenix, London on 13th August 2019.
There was an old lady
This story was written in response to Creative Future's call for pieces on the theme of chemistry. It is about both pharmaceutical and human chemistry. The story won me a Creative Future Literary Award 2018. I read part of this story at the Creative Future Showcase in the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre in October 2018. It is published in an anthology, Chemistry.
Olive at the Gallery
This short story is about identity, madness and art. It is based on Redon's painting, Ophelia among the Flowers. The story is forthcoming in ACE-funded recovery anthology A Wild and Precious Life. The anthology has been successfully crowdfunded on Unbound and will come out in April 2021. This story was also highly commended in the Liars' League & National Gallery short story competition.
Safe as Houses
'Safe as Houses' is a short story that grew from a Word Factory workshop about place. It explores what happens when something about a house mirrors protagonist Paula's childhood experiences and her inner experience of herself. The story appeared in The Selkie, March 2019.
Ophelia among the Flowers, Odilon Redon, 1905-8, National Gallery
This is a short story was published in The Book of Godless Verse 21st Dec 2018 in response to a call for pieces about Christmas and rituals people handmake in the face of life's every day messiness. The story is about a canine commemoration.
This short story about family mealtimes was published in a Special Issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Studies on Offering and Receiving Food. Oct 2017. It is also an early version of a chapter in A Ton of Feathers
This is my first published piece of creative writing. it is a flash fiction story about grief. It appeared in LossLit, May 2017.
I have two forthcoming short stories:
'I Am a Rock' longlisted Reflex Fiction International Quarterly Flash Fiction Competition, forthcoming online and in an anthology.
'Dear Ocean' in the She Seas anthology, edited by Astra Bloom.
I have been selected by author Anna Vaught, author of Saving Lucia and Famished, to receive free mentoring for the short story collection I am currently working on.
As a research psychologist, I authored one non-fiction book (published by Harper Collins) and was the editor of another (published by Churchill Livingstone).
I have written a book review:
Reading minds: the best mental health novels and memoirs of 2018. Mental Health Today, 21 Dec 2018
I have also had articles published in The Guardian and The Times Higher Education Supplement
I began creative writing in 2014. To learn how to write fiction I have completed short courses at City Lit, Goldsmiths and The Word Factory, have attended an Arvon retreat, and for the last five years have been going to a regular tutored writing workshop led by poet and novelist Caroline Natzler.
I am seeking representation for my first novel, A Ton of Feathers. I am currently working on my second novel and a short story collection.
Before changing direction to focus on creative writing, I worked as a research psychologist and lecturer at Guys & St Thomas' and St George's medical schools, LSBU and the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings. I have a PhD in Psychology from Goldsmiths and a diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychology from Birkbeck.
My writing often explores emotional pain and the things we do to numb or mask it. This work is informed by both my background in psychology and my personal history of psychological troubles.
I am a volunteer ghostwriter with the Ministry of Stories. I live in south London with my husband and have two adult sons.
You can discover more about me in this interview with The Nottingham Review.
News & Events
29th Apr 2020 BECOMING MENTORED
I have been selected by author Anna Vaught, author of Saving Lucia and Famished, to receive free mentoring from May - Sept for the short story collection I am currently working on.
26th Nov 2019 READING - SHORT STORY
I'm reading my short story 'Olive at the Gallery' and discussing writing and recovery at The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green at an event with three other writers from the A Wild and Precious Life anthology and chaired by Lily Dunn.
1st Sep 2019 ON PANEL - PRIMADONNA FESTIVAL
My spoof unsent rejection letter to agents I decided not to query, entitled 'I Just Didn't Love You Enough' won me a place on the Don't Mess with Writers, We'll Describe You panel chaired by Maxine Mawhinney at the Primadonna Festival 30th Aug - 1st September, Suffolk.
13th Aug 2019 READING - SHORT STORY
7th Nov 2018 KATHARINE ORTON BURSARY
26th Oct 2018 READING - SHORT STORY
31st July 2018 CREATIVE FUTURE LITERARY AWARD
Today I became one of twelve writers and poets to win a Creative Future Literary Award for underrepresented writers.
26th June 2017 READING - SHORT STORY
I'm reading an extract from my short story, Dandelion, at the Fifth BSA Food Study Group Conference: Food & Society 2017 in a Symposium on Offering Food - Receiving Food
9th Sep 2016 READING - NOVEL EXTRACT
I'm reading the opening of my novel, A Ton of Feathers, at the York Festival of Writing Friday Night Live event