Sarah is an award winning teacher and professor at UL with expertise in psychology, pedagogy and creative practice. Also a novelist, her first novel, Back to Blackbrick was published in 2013. A stage version was presented at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End. Her second novel, The Apple Tart of Hope, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the CBI Book of the Year Award and received a Kirkus star on USA publication in 2015. Sarah won the 2016 Irish Writers’ Centre’s Jack Harte Award. She has researched extensively on the writing process across a range of contexts, is part of the team that delivers the UL Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School at NYU and is founder of the UL Creative Writing Winter School. She has worked to develop a particular focus on fostering strategies for self-aware writing habits and on ways of making space and time to write. Her most recent novel The List of Real Things came out in April 2018. And her current work in progress –A Strange Kind of Brave - is due for publication this year.