Sara Maitland is a British author and short story writer, considered to be a vanguard of the 1970s feminist movement. She has written five novels and five collections of short stories, including Daughter of Jerusalem, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1979. Her other highly-regarded works include On Becoming a Fairy Godmother (Maia Press 2003), A Book of Silence (Granta 2008), Gossip from the Forest (Granta, 2012), and Mosswitch and other stories (Commas Press 2014) and How to be Alone (Pan 2014). Much of her work explores contemporary versions of old stories, myths, legends and fairy tales.
Maitland teaches on the MA in Creative writing (by distance learning) for Lancaster University and writes articles for various publications including The Guardian, as well as monthly columns for the Tablet and for the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine.
Maitland, who lives a solitary life in Galloway on the moors above Stranraer exploring the richness of silence, will be making a rare public appearance to read three new short stories written especially to explore the rich heritage of the craft, traditions and skills of British makers showcased by The New Craftsmen.