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Writer and activist, Sara Sheridan was named as one of the Saltire Society’s most Influential Scottish Women, Past and Present and we are thrilled to welcome her to the 2023 St Duthac Book and Arts Festival.


Sara is interested particularly in female history. She has written more than 20 books.



Truth or Dare, her first novel received a Scottish Library Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire. Her novel On Starlit Seas, was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Prize in 2017. An occasional journalist, Sara has reported for BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent and on ‘being a lady’ for Women’s Hour. In 2019 Sara re mapped Scotland according to women’s history for Historic Environment Scotland – the resulting book Where are the Women was listed as one of the David Hume Institute’s Books of the year 2019. In it, she imagined several monuments to the witches.


Sara mentors fledgling writers for the Scottish Book Trust and has sat on the board of several writers’ organisations. In 2015, Sophie McKay Knight’s portrait of Sara garnered media and critical attention at the National Gallery of Scotland. (source 2023 About — Sara Sheridan)

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I have it sitting on the pile beside my bed waiting to be read. Looking forward to hearing Sara's talk and meeting the author in person

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