Sadie Nott writes long and short fiction and narrative non-fiction.

 

She has won a Creative Future Literary Award, been shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize, and has two published non-fiction books.

 

Her stories have appeared in Liars' League, Reflex Fiction, MIR Online, LossLit, The Selkie and The Book of Godless Verse, and in the Free Reads, Chemistry and forthcoming A Wild and Precious Life anthologies. 

 

 

Sadie Nott

Writer

 

Works in Progress

At the moment I am working on a memoir told in stories. It is provisionally entitled Unblotting and is about grief, trauma and bipolarity.

 

One of its pieces has been shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize 2020. Another piece in it won me a Creative Future Literary Award. 

'Polar Bear' by Paul Smith, The Sculpture Garden

I am also currently reworking my unpublished novel, A Ton of Feathers, the tale of a girlhood, an entangled mother-daughter relationship and New Age idealism gone seriously awry. 

The opening of A Ton of Feathers was selected to appear in the TLC/AM Heath Free Reads Anthology.

 

It has been shortlisted in:

and longlisted in:

 

It was chosen for the Spread the Word/Rocking Chair Books agent feedback opportunity and its pitch was a winner in the Cornerstones pitch competition.

Here is a playlist of songs which inspired me when writing the book.

Stories

The Challenge

This unpublished story was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize 2020. It was inspired by Lucian Freud's painting, 'Girl with a Kitten'.

Lucian Freud, Girl with a Kitten [1947]
Tate Archive © The Lucian Freud Archive

/ Bridgeman Images

I Am a Rock

This story was long listed in Reflex Fiction's Quarterly International Flash Fiction competition 2020. It was written in memory of my father. It has been published online and will feature in Reflex Fictions 2021 anthology. It is also forthcoming as a reprint in Memoir Mixtapes.

Writ Large

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.

Ray

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.

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. It is published in an anthology, Chemistry.

Olive at the Gallery (forthcoming)

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.

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

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 the protagonist's childhood experiences and her inner experience. The story appeared in The Selkie.

Advent

This short story was published in The Book of Godless Verse 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.

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

Daisies

This is my first published piece of creative writing. It is a flash fiction story about grief. It appeared in LossLit.

 
 

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).

About

I began creative writing in 2014. I have completed short writing courses at City Lit, Goldsmiths and The Word Factory and for the last five years have been going to a regular tutored writing workshop led by poet Caroline Natzler.

I am currently working on a memoir-told-in-stories.

 

I am proud to be a winner of a Creative Future Literary Award and am grateful to have been awarded the Katharine Orton Bursary for a Free Read from The Literary Consultancy. My work has appeared in Liar's League, Reflex Fiction, MIR Online, LossLit and The Selkie and in a number of anthologies. One of my pieces was recently shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize.

Before changing direction to focus on creative writing, I worked as a research psychologist at Guys & St Thomas' and St George's medical schools, London South Bank University and the Kings College London. 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

14th Nov 2020 READING - SHORT STORY

I will be reading my short story 'I Am a Rock' at the online launch of Anita Goveas' new short story collection Families and Other Natural Disasters.

 

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 2020 for the memoir-in-stories 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 rejection letter 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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