Sadie Nott studied creative writing at City Lit and Arvon, and has written a coming-of-age novel. She also writes short fiction and is the winner of a Creative Future Literary Award 2018. She has two published non-fiction books.

Sadie Nott

Writer

 

A Ton of Feathers

A Ton of Feathers is the coming-of-age story of Zoe 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:

and longlisted in

I was awarded the Katharine Orton Bursary for a full manuscript review from The Literary Consultancy

The novel's opening was chosen for the Spread the Word/Rocking Chair Books agent feedback opportunity

 

I am currently seeking representation for A Ton of Feathers.

Short Fiction

Daisies

This is a piece of flash fiction about grief.

 

It appeared in LossLit issue 4 (May 2017).

Dandelion

This short story about family mealtimes was published in a Special Issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Studies on Offering and Receiving Food. 

It is also an early version of a chapter in A Ton of Feathers

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 2020. 

 

This story was also highly commended in the Liars' League & National Gallery short story competition.

Ophelia among the Flowers, Odilon Redon, 1905-8, National Gallery

There was an old lady
Advent

This is a short story written in response to a call from The Book of Godless Verse for pieces about Christmas and rituals people handmake in the face of life's every day messiness. 

It is about a canine commemoration.

Ray

My short story, 'Ray', grew from  watching the foxes in my garden with admiration and trepidation and from my wish to write something allegorical. 

 

It was chosen as a winning story by Liars 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

This short story was written in response to Creative Future's call for works on the theme of chemistry. It is about both pharmaceutical and human chemistry.

It led to me becoming one of the winners of 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, available from Creative Future.

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

I have two forthcoming short stories:

  • 'The Absent Couple' in the Arvon at 50 Blog

  • 'Dear Ocean' in the She Seas anthology

 
 

Non-Fiction

Books

As a research psychologist, I authored one non-fiction book (published by Harper Collins) and was the editor of another (published by Churchill Livingstone).

Journalism

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

About

I began creative writing in 2014. To learn how to write fiction I did a short course at City Lit, went to an Arvon retreat, and attend a regular tutored writing workshop.

I am seeking representation for my first novel, A Ton of Feathers. I have recently started work on my second novel. I also enjoy writing short fiction and have nine stories published or forthcoming to date.

 

I am proud to be a winner of a Creative Future Literary Award 2018 and am grateful to have been awarded the Katharine Orton Bursary for a Free Read from The Literary Consultancy.

Before changing direction to focus on creative writing, I worked as a research psychologist at various London universities and medical schools. 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.

There is more about me in this interview with The Nottingham Review.

News & Events

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 antholog 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

My short story, 'Ray' will be read by actress Miranda Harrison at the Liar's League Women and Girls event at The Phoenix on this day.

7th Nov 2018 KATHARINE ORTON BURSARY

I was awarded the Katharine Orton Bursary for a Free Read for A Ton of Feathers from The Literary Consultancy today.

26th Oct 2018 READING - SHORT STORY

I'm  reading my short story, There was an old lady, at the Creative Future showcase as part of the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre.

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

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