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Sarah Maclennan

Sarah Maclennan

Telephone: 0151 231 4721





2005, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Imaginative Writing - First Class (Hons)
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA Writing

Academic appointments

Associate Lecturer, Creative Writing, The Open University, 2008 - present
Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing, Liverpool John Moores University, 2006 - present


Conference publication

Brooman SD, Maclennan S. 2015. Personal Tutoring, a tale of two schools: What is it and how do we do it? Liverpool John Moores Learning and Teaching Conference


Maclennan SA, Coe M. Liverpool Poetry Cafe at The Bluecoat

Maclennan S. Winter Wordfest

Maclennan S. Moonscapes - a lunar celebration in poetry

Engagement & Impact

Other invited event:

Booklaunch - Penny Feeny, 21 Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9BS, I was asked to interview the author Penny Feeny for the launch of her 4th novel, The Beach at Doonshean, for Writing on the Wall.. 2019

The Freedom Artist: An Evening with Ben Okri, The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, Booker Prize-winning Nigerian writer Ben Okri discusses his contribution to literature and his latest novel, The Freedom Artist, an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Amalantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner? When Amalantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realization. To find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning of her question. Karnak's search leads him into a terrifying world of lies, oppression and fear at the heart of which lies the Prison. Then Karnak discovers that he is not the only one looking for the truth. The Freedom Artist is an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. In Ben Okri’s most significant novel since the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, he delivers a powerful and haunting call to arms. Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw first hand the consequences of war, and London. He has won many prizes over the years for his fiction including the Guardian Fiction Prize (1988) and the Man Booker Prize (1991), and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet. Sarah Maclennan is Head of Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University where she teaches poetry and prose writing at under-graduate and post-graduate level. She is passionate about community writing and her most recent research project involves working on the Learning Together programme, developing an anthology of creative and autobiographical writing with participants who have experience of the criminal justice system.. 2019

Learning Together Network Information Day, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, Invited to participate in the discussion groups following presentations by academic, prison service staff and participants on the Learning Together programme. 2019

Conference presentation:

Thinking Outside the Box to Engage Children in Research, A Showcase of Collaborative Health Research, John Lennon Art & Design Building, Liverpool, Round table. 2019

A Creative Response, Learning Together Annual Conference, HMP Brixton, Oral presentation. 2019

Learning Together - A Creative Response, Learning Together Masterclass, Redmonds Building Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2019

Write More, Write Better, LJMU teaching & Learning Conference 2017, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2017

Speed-dating with Chekhov, NAWE Conference 2015, Durham, Oral presentation. 2015

Personal Tutoring, a Tale of Two Schools: What is it and how do we do it?, Liverpool John Moores University Learning and Teaching Conference 2015, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2015

Research Grants Awarded:

APSS QR Funding, An exploration of how creative pedagogy can be deployed to capture the experiences of higher education among students with criminal convictions, Dr Helena Gosling, Professor Lawrence Burke, Grant value (£): £1,231.99, Duration of research project: 10 months. 2018

Conference organisation:

Connecting Minds, Facilitator. 2015

Teaching qualification:

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. 2012

Media Coverage:, Marcel Theroux discover's Liverpool's Dead Good Poets Society with Sarah Maclennan. The Guardian made a short film about the Liverpool poetry scene and posted it on its website. I worked alongside the film-makers, scheduled poets for an open mic poetry event in Leaf, Bold Street, Liverpool, and was interviewed before performing my own work..

Other Professional Activity:

Delivering two masterclasses on Community Writing at University of Cambridge for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing Madingley Hall, Saturday 6th April 2019..

Presenting research via stand up comedy - Bright Club.