Author details

Sara Maitland


I was born in 1950, grew up in S.W.Scotland and came back after a long time elsewhere about 5 years ago. I now live alone, on the high moorland in western Galloway. I have two grown up children, a terrier, a garden and no mobile phone. I am a feminist, a socialist and a Christian – in no particular order.

About writer's work

I write fiction – mainly short stories now – mostly hyper- (or magic) realist, exploring the boundaries of beauty and terror. I use a lot old stories (myths, fairy stories, folk tales etc.) to my own more contemporary ends. I have recently got very interested in “the new nature writing” and issues around ecology and sustainability. I am presently writing a book about Forests and Fairy Stories (which is a cross over fiction/non-fiction work) and am also preparing a new collection of short stories based on conversations with scientists. (One of these, Moss Witch, was short listed for the BBC short story prize in 2009.) I also write non-fiction, in book form and as articles/ essays etc.

Websites featuring the author

Author Site

Other work

See my website for a full bibliography, and details of my other work.

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Local authority where they are based

Dumfries and Galloway

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

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Books written

On Becoming a Fairy Godmother

On Becoming a Fairy Godmother

Author(s): Sara Maitland
15 stories about women turning 50 – the unpublished sub-title is “role models for the menopausal woman.”
A Book of Silence

A Book of Silence

Author(s): Sara Maitland
It is a book about silence and its joys. Part cultural history, part personal account.