Since gaining a first class honours degree in Creative Writing at Birmingham University, Sharon's poetry and short stories have been published in journals such as The Yellow Room, The Interpreter’s House, The Rialto, The Cannon’s Mouth and Raw Edge, and her poetry selected for collections published by Ragged Raven Press, Open Poetry and Poetry in the Waiting Room.
In 2009 she was invited by Luke Kennard to represent Birmingham University's Creative Writing dept. by reading her poetry at the city's Literature Festival, and has regularly read at poetry festivals since. Her poems have won awards in various poetry competitions, and this year two of her poems were shortlisted in the 2020 Wolverhampton Literature Festival Poetry Competition, another highly commended in the Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not competition, and another long-listed for Nature in the Air poetry call-out.
Particularly interested in poetry inspired by art, her first published collection Encounters with the Garman Ryan (2009) arose from a collaboration with Walsall New Art Gallery. She has taught courses on writing poetry in response to art, and as a founder member of art\write regularly works with artists for exhibition-based performances.
Sharon's writing often explores the female experience (evident in her 2014 collection UnWife ) but to balance things out, her 2018 debut novel The Unravelling of Michael Gilchrist is written entirely from the male POV.
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