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Dr Sarah Dobbs

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Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

My main research interests involve progressive forms in prose and I am editor of a new journal, Prosegression, as well as a peer reviewer for Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (Intellect). My first novel (Killing Daniel) was published by Unthank Books and my short fiction has been broadcast and published by various journals and the BBC.

I have been nominated for the Guardian's Not the Booker and the Pushcart Prize. I have also taught at Manchester, Lancaster and on the Guardian Masterclass Series.

My first novel, Killing Daniel, was published in 2012 by Unthank Books. The second, The Sea Inside Me, is forthcoming in October 2019.

I am co-founder of aerial theatre company, Uncaged and I run the University of Sunderland in Association with Waterstones Short Story Award.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching:
  • The Writer's Craft
  • Explorations in Prose Fiction
  • Writing for Stage
  • Performance, Poetry and Song
  • Writing the Novel
  • Advanced Project

  • Greg Forrester, novel (leave of absence)
  • Julie Dickinson, fiction 
  • Katie Mitchelson, novel

Research interests for potential research students

  • The novel
  • Progressive / experimental fiction
  • Hybrid writing
  • Crime fiction
  • Performance and narrative


Number of items: 13.


Dobbs, Sarah (2018) The Robin. Flash, 11 (1).

Book Section

Dobbs, Sarah (2016) Burning the Ants [Short fiction]. In: The End: Fifteen Endings to Fifteen Paintings. Unthank Books. ISBN 9781910061275

Dobbs, Sarah (2013) 'Behind all the Closed Doors'. In: Red Room: New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontes. Unthank. ISBN 9780957289734


Dobbs, Sarah (2019) The Sea Inside Me. UNTHANK BOOKS. ISBN 9781910061572

Dobbs, Sarah (2014) English Language, Literature and Creative Writing: A Practical Guide for Students. Anthem Press. ISBN 9781783082889

Sarah, Dobbs (2012) Killing Daniel. Unthank Books, London. ISBN 978-0-9564223-8-5


Sarah, Dobbs (2020) Oracles In Sepia: Sarah Jane Dobbs. .


Dobbs, Sarah (2019) Time. Celebrate Different at Washington Arts Centre. [Performance]


Dobbs, Sarah (2021) Body Song. [Video]


Dobbs, Sarah (2021) Interstellar. Confingo 16, Confingo. (In Press)

Dobbs, Sarah (2018) The narrative expression of grief [Research Portfolio]. Creative Writing Collection.

Dobbs, Sarah (2017) My Mother Told Me. Reflex Fiction, Reflex Fiction Quarterly international flash fiction competition..

Dobbs, Sarah (2017) As Linda was Buying the Tulips [Short fiction]. UNTHOLOGY 9, Unthank Books.

This list was generated on Mon Sep 27 13:05:34 2021 BST.
  • The short story
  • Creative writing and community
  • Crime fiction
  • The novel
  • Flash fiction
  • Aerial and narrative

Last updated 11 May 2021

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