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About Sharon Black

Sharon Black is originally from Glasgow but now lives in the Cévennes mountains of southern France. In her past life she was a journalist and taught English in France and Japan. In her current one, she runs a holiday venue and Abri Creative Writing Retreats and Courses in the south of France.

Her poetry has been published widely. She won The Frogmore Prize 2011 and Envoi International Poetry Prize 2009, and was runner-up in the Wigtown Book Festival Poetry Competition 2011.

Her debut poetry collection, "To Know Bedrock" was published by Pindrop Press in 2011. Her second collection "The Art of Egg" is forthcoming.

In 2013 she won the Grace Dieu Poetry Competition and took second place in the competition as well.

Writing RetreatsIn four weeks’ time, I will be looking out over the sparkling waters of the Sound of Mull from a squishy sofa in the conservatory of a small Hebridean hotel.

I’ll have a notepad and pen in my hand and I’ll be lost in the colours and sounds of the sky wheeling with gulls and hopefully sunshine, or quite possibly rain.  I won’t care which.  This is time for me and for my writing.


Poetry Inspiration and IdeasWhen I started writing poetry seriously about eight years ago (the day my younger daughter started school full-time) I didn’t have a clue what I was doing – other than trying to mimic my favourite poets of the day namely Billy Collins, Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri – I just needed to write.

I’d been a journalist before the kids were born and while they were at pre-school.