New Book, New Site

Hello dear reader, thank you for visiting. As you can see, this site is rather out of date so I’ll be bringing it up to speed in the coming months.

In other exciting news, my new collection of poems, All the Prayers in the House, will be coming out in June 2017 with Bloodaxe Books. The manuscript won an Eric Gregory Award in 2015 and was runner-up for the Edwin Morgan Award in 2016, so it already feels like a lucky book.

Here’s a sneak preview:


“My mother tried to teach me that the dark is friendly. She wanted me to grow up in a world where that was true. And except for electricity, except for the two phones at either end of the one street, and for the radio, blaring The Eurythmics or humming Paul Simon in South Africa, it was as much the 1800s as the 80s. We might have been the lightkeepers, 100 years ago.”

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Photos by Zarah Zahir.

This weekend…

Sarah After Hours


Artwork by Emalyn Feitshans.

 Early draft with a few choice typos. Artwork by Emalyn Feitshans.


I’m performing at London Literature Lounge @ the Poetry Cafe on Thursday 18th July. It’s a special evening for me, as it’s not only presented by Anjan Saha who hosted my book launch, but I’ll be reading alongside Sundra Lawrence, the poet who, many years ago, gave me my first taste of working in the ‘poetry world’.

London Literature Lounge: Covent Garden Nights

With Miriam Nash, Sundra Lawrence & Phil Lawder

Thursday 18th July 2013

Hosted by Anjan Saha and Jason Barnett

The Poetry Café (The Poetry Place) 8pm – 10pm

22 Betterton Street

London WC2H 9BX

Tel (venue): 020 7420 9888

W: www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/cafe/



Author bios:

Sundra’s poetry has been described as “warm, visceral and witty”. She is published in numerous anthologies and journals including the Los Angeles Review. Starchild was her first chapbook.  She has performed her work widely, including Soho Theatre, the Bristol Poetry Festival, BookSlam, De Paul University, Chicago, Jazz Café, Prague and also on television and radio. She has two young children and lives in North London.

Phil Lawder juggles and occasionally drops two careers, writing, performance poetry, a family and a cat. He is currently working on creating the 36 hour day. He has no ambition to write the great British novel but is part way through writing several average to fairly good ones. His work is a wry and often insulting commentary on what he sees around him, the stumbling relationships and hollow hopes of London and beyond.

… & me.

Please join myself and Katie Longofono for our joint book launch at the wonderful Bluestockings Bookstore:


Book Launch: Katie Longofono & Miriam Nash 
Wednesday 3 April, 7.30pm
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St. New York, NY 10002

An evening of transatlantic poetry by women. Poets Katie Longofono (USA) and Miriam Nash (UK) launch their debut chapbooks, Longofono’s The Angel of Sex from Dancing Girl Press and Nash’s Small Change from Flipped Eye Publishing, with guest readers Lisa Marie Basile and Nina Bahadur.

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Author Bios

Katie Longofono lives and writes in Bronxville, NY, where she is an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in several fine journals, most recently Midwestern Gothic. Her collaborative chapbook with Mary Stone Dockery, Honey and Bandages, is forthcoming from Folded Word Press.

Nina Bahadur was born in London in 1990. Her first poetry pamphlet, “Every Single One,” was published by flipped eye in April 2011. She graduated from Princeton in 2012, and currently lives in Manhattan where she works as an assistant editor for the Huffington Post. She’s a fan of dogs, beer, and the Oxford comma.

Lisa Marie Basile holds an MFA from The New School and is the author of Triste, from Dancing Girl Press. The Poetry Society of New York released her chapbook, Andalucia (Brothel Books, 2011). A Decent Voodoo, a chapbook, will be released by Cervená Barva Press in 2013. She is the founding editor and publisher of Patasola Press, and is an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal.

… and yours truly.

Small Change Launched

My début pamphlet, Small Change, received a wonderful welcome into the world at Keats House on 18 January 2013.


As Nii Parkes of flipped eye publishing put it, London laid on a beautiful snow tribute:


Karen McCarthy Woolf took this Narnian picture

Anjan Saha opened the evening with a lovely poem invoking Keats, who I’m certain was listening from the back. Two of my favourite poets, Jacqueline Saphra and Kayo Chinonyi also read, and Jacob Sam-La Rose was the wonderful host he always is. So many family and friends ploughed through the snow to be there, that it was a full house and we sold out of books! Look how happy I am:


Jacqueline Saphra reads

Jacqueline Saphra reads

Kayo Chingonyi reads

Kayo Chingonyi reads

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Animated question answering…

Book signing

Book signing

My heartfelt thanks to Keats House, London Literature Lounge, Spread the Word and flipped eye publishing for such an auspicious beginning for Small Change.

Small Change can be ordered from flipped eye publishing at a special discount price. It will also soon be available from WH Smith and Amazon.