Sadie Nott writes narrative non-fiction and short stories.
She has won a London Writers Award and a Creative Future Literary Award, and has been shortlisted for the First Pages Prize and the Bridport Short Story Prize.
Her stories have appeared in Liars' League, Reflex Fiction, Mechanics Institute Review, LossLit, The Selkie and The Book of Godless Verse, and in the Free Reads, Chemistry and A Wild and Precious Life anthologies.
Works in Progress
I am currently working on a memoir.
What plot do you use to tell a story about losing the plot?
This is the question I pose in the opening of my memoir. How to tell the tale of my bipolarity and the grief and trauma entwined with it?
The answer is Unblotting, a genre-blending memoir told through interconnected stories and essays. Together these pieces, like shards in a reassembled mirror, present a reflection of my bipolar life.
Braided through the memoir is an elegy for my beloved and troubling New Age mother whose mental health experiences were similar to, the opposite of, and entangled with, my own.
I aimed to make the memoir both uniquely personal and with universal resonance. It is a tale about the blotting and unblotting of emotional pain and memory. And about going pieces and finding ways to repair.
I have recently been awarded a London Writers Award and will be working on the the memoir as part of the LWA Development Programme, and the opening of Unblotting has been shortlisted in the international First Pages Prize.
'Polar Bear' by Paul Smith, The Sculpture Garden
I previously wrote the manuscript for an autobiographical novel about a girlhood, an entangled mother-daughter relationship and New Age idealism gone seriously awry. It was entitled A Ton of Feathers. I may revisit and rework this, perhaps more experimentally, one day, or it may have been simply the work that partially seeded my current memoir.
The opening of this novel was 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:
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.
This unpublished story was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize 2020.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 
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.
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.
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
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 the protagonist's childhood experiences and her inner experience. The story appeared in The Selkie.
Ophelia among the Flowers, Odilon Redon, 1905-8, National Gallery
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.
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
This is my first published piece of creative writing. It is a flash fiction story about grief. It appeared in LossLit.
In my earlier life 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 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 on the London Writers Awards Development Programme. I will commence an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths in the autumn.
I am currently working on a memoir told in stories and essays, called Unblotting
I am proud to be a winner of a London Writers Award and a Creative Future Literary Award and am grateful to have been awarded the Katharine Orton Bursary for a Free Read from The Literary Consultancy and free mentoring from author Anna Vaught. My work has appeared in Liar's League, Reflex Fiction, The Mechanics' Institute Review, LossLit and The Selkie and in three anthologies. My work has recently been shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize and for the First Pages 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
17th May 2021 SHORTLISTED FOR FIRST PAGES PRIZE
I am overjoyed that the opening of Unblotting has been shortlisted for the international First Pages Prize, judged by Samatha Chang Director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
13th May 2021 PUBLICATION IN ANTHOLOGY
Today, A Wild and Precious Life was published, a recovery anthology containing my short story 'Olive at the Gallery'.
18th Jan 2021 LONDON WRITERS AWARD
Today I became one of the thirty writers awarded a London Writers Award and will join the LWA Development Programme to work on my memoir, Unblotting.
14th Nov 2020 READING - SHORT STORY
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
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