Sally Festing was born in Cambridge. Childhood holidays in North Norfolk may explain her moving spirit, drawn from the links between people, art and landscape.

Books on fishermen, travelling showmen, lavender, animals in the 18th century and Penguin biographies of Hepworth and Jekyll, followed ten years of widespread journalism, with significant slots in the Times Educational Supplements. Since then she has written Swimming Lessons, (Cidesterna), the basis of a Radio 4 play, poetry pamphlets Salaams (HappenStance) and Font (2016), and a full collection Doors Opening (Oversteps). Her most recent publication is My Darling Derry, for which a YouTube video offers an introduction.

In Leicester, she was chair of the Poetry Society; in Manningtree she ran a Poetry Society Stanza.

Today she hosts readings for Saltmarsh Poetry in a North Norfolk cottage where she lives with her husband, Michael, and a half-feral tabby, Jazz.

Author website: here.

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