Sarah Stewart

University of Edinburgh

The art of saving lives: how do contemporary poets articulate the experience of the failing human body?

Academic History:

2016 - present PhD student in Creative Writing (Poetry) University of Edinburgh

2010 - 2011 M.Litt with Distinction in Creative Writing (Poetry) University of St Andrews

1998 - 2002 MA Hons (First Class) in English Literature, University of Edinburgh


Dr Jane McKie

Dr Allan Gillis

Research Interests:

  • Poetry
  • 20th century poetry
  • Medical humanities
  • The human heart
  • Marianne Boruch
  • Mark Doty
  • Sharon Olds
  • Jo Shapcott

Previous Research Projects:

My undergraduate dissertation focused on the novels of Edith Wharton & the role of the ‘other’, particularly in relation to class and race.


AHRC PhD scholarship


As a poet, my work has appeared in Anon, Mslexia, New Writing Dundee, The Pickled Body, The Scotsman, & in the anthologies Best Scottish Poems 2014 & Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry.

As a children’s author, I’m published by Stripes: Elspeth Hart & the School for Show-offs, Elspeth Hart & the Perilous Journey & Elspeth Hart & the Magnificent Rescue.

Contact Details:

Address: University of Edinburgh, LLC PhD office, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

Work Tel No: 07973 386631


First published: 14 November 2016