Miss Sarah Cave

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Personal profile

Sarah is a PhD student at Royal Holloway, currently working toward a practice-based thesis which focusses on the intersections between poetry and prayer in contemporary experimental writing, queer theory, ecology, and performance. She holds a first-class BA in English with Creative Writing from Falmouth University and a distinction for her Creative Writing (Poetry) MA at Royal Holloway. She was awarded a college studentship in 2018. Sarah is currently working toward her third collection of poetry. She has previously published three pamphlets and two collections of poetry: Cast on Ice (Smallminded Press), Impossible Songs (Flashback Analogue), like fragile clay (Guillemot Press), An Arbitrary Line (Broken Sleep Books) and Perseverance Valley (Knives, Forks and Spoons). In January 2020, she published A Confusion of Marys (Shearsman Books) a collaboration with Rupert M. Loydell. Sarah’s poetry features in a special book-length edition of Abridged Magazine. The Merits of Tracer Fire (December 2020) is a collaborative project funded by ACNI.  

Research interests

Her current research focusses on the intersections between contemporary experimental writing practices and prayer. Her research interests include but are not limited to:

- Post-Lapsiarian States of Be-ing.
- Christian heresies, heterodoxies and non-conformisms
- Queer Theory
- Eco-Theology
- Serious Play
- Robert Lax Studies

Other work

Sarah’s poetry, prose and criticism has appeared in magazines and journals including, Poetry London, Magma, Oxford Poetry, Shearsman and Tears in the Fence. Her poem ‘Untitled (Unwanted)’ was highly commended by the Verve Poetry Festival Competition. In 2017, Sarah was poet-in-residence at the Charles Causley house in Launceston. Sarah co-runs Guillemot Press, which won the Michael Marks award for ‘Best Publisher’ in 2018 and is shortlisted for the same prize in 2020. As part of Guillemot Press, Sarah co-curates Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival's Guillemot Day. In 2020, Sarah was longlisted for the Women Poet's Prize.


Sarah has taught as a Visiting Lecturer at Falmouth University and as a Teaching Assistant at Royal Holloway (UoL). She also has experience leading workshops for schools, festivals and as part of writin residencies. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Plymouth, leading Advanced Poetry.

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