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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 continues to chair events for the Festival on a regular basis, and also 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.

Sarah teaches on the BA degree in English Literature and Community Engagement at the University of Bristol. She is a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow: https://rlfconsultants.com/consultants/sarah-lefanu/ 

She studies Chen style Tai Chi with the Bristol School of Tai Chi. Click here to read ‘Evening Class’, her short story (broadcast on BBC R4) about Tai Chi.

Sarah’s most recent books are S is for Samora: A Lexical Biography of Samora Machel and the Mozambican Dream (Hurst Publishers, 2012), and Dreaming of Rose: A Biographer’s Journal (SilverWood Books, 2013).

Read writer and broadcaster Bidisha’s appraisal of Sarah’s work in an article in the Huffington Post, ‘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

Recently published! Read Sarah’s account of a research trip to South Africa to find out about the Anglo-Boer War, published February 2016 in the RLF online journal, Collected:


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