Sally FestingSally Festing’s moving spirit  draws from the links between man, art and landscape. She has chaired Leicester Poetry Society, read at the Wells Poetry-by-the-Sea, contributed widely to poetry magazines, thrice had poems commended at competitions, and had three radio plays based on poem sequences on Radio 4. In Manningtree, where she runs a Poetry Society Stanza, she takes risks, writes some flops, and welcomes crits.

In the wake of writing, school teaching gave way to London University extra-mural classes. Skipping boundaries between art and science, she wrote academic articles in garden history, profiles for New Scientist, and a decade’s worth of pieces for the two Times Ed. Supplements, mostly in the Arts pages.

Four non-fiction books followed Fishermen (David & Charles, 1977), of which two art biographies went into Penguin Paperback. A third revised, edition of The Story of Lavender came out for Easter 2009. Since then, she has written a chapter for a second book on her beloved North Norfolk.


Poetry publications:

  • My Darling Derry, Fairacre Books, 2019
  • Doors Opening, Oversteps Books, 2016
  • Font, a sequence inspired by the font in St Mary's, Turnham Deepdal.
  • Salaams, HappenStance, 2009
  • Swimming Lessons, The Hawthorn Press, 2002

Other publications:

Fishermen: A Community Living from the Sea, David & Charles, 1977; 2nd revised ed.  Shaun Tyas, 1999

The Story of Lavender, Sutton Heritage, 1982, 2nd rev. ed. 1989; 3rd rev. ed 2009

Gertrude Jekyll, A Biography, Viking, 1991; Penguin 1993

Barbara Hepworth, A Life of Forms, 1995; Penguin 1996

Chapters in The Turn of the Tide, Quiller, 2005; and The Return of the Tide, Quiller, 2009



Author website: here.