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Sarah was born on the east coast of Scotland, was brought up there and in East Africa, and now lives in the west country. In the 1980s and 1990s she was Senior Editor at The Women’s Press, where she was responsible for their innovative and highly-regarded science fiction list. 

From 2004 to 2009 she was Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival. She frequently chairs events for the Bristol Festival of Ideas. 

She has been a judge for the James Tiptree Award (an annual award for works of SF and fantasy that expand and explore the understanding of gender), and for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

She blogs about films at: www.filmwatchingwomen.wordpress.com  

Sarah studies Chen style Tai Chi with the Bristol School of Tai Chi. Click here to read ‘Evening Class’, her Tai Chi-themed short story (broadcast on BBC R4). You can spot her now and again - and her son Alex - in these three introductory videos on the Bristol School of Tai Chi’s website: http://www.bristoltaichi.com/video.htm  

In September 2017 Sarah gave a keynote lecture at the international conference ‘A Suitcase of Her Own: Women and Travel’ in Szczyrk, Poland, on ‘The Art of Rambling: Journeys Through Space and Time’. She has been invited by the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures at the University of Silesia to return to Poland in April 2018 to give a lecture on life-writing. 

Sarah is a Writing Project Associate: www.writingproject.co.uk 

And please read writer and broadcaster Bidisha’s generous appraisal of Sarah’s work, ‘Sarah LeFanu: The Writer who Travelled from Outer Space to Mozambique via Bath’:        http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/bidisha/sarah-lefanu-the-writer-_b_3931157.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

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