I’m Sarah, and – amongst other things – I’m a fiction writer from Croydon. My first novel, Let Me Be Like Water, was shortlisted for the Mslexia Novel Award, and is published by Melville House UK. It will be published in the US in August this year.

For a longer version of my bio, click here.

Let Me Be Like Water

My first novel Let Me Be Like Water is available to order into any local bookshop, or online here. The US edition will be published on August 12th and can be preordered here.

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‘A beautiful reflection on love, grief, and friendship. Witty and profound.’ – Fiona Mozley

‘A work of both harrowing beauty and exquisite gentleness, which several times moved me to tears; a profound, tenderly-crafted meditation on grief and the everyday heroism of those who somehow help us heal.’ – Musa Okwonga

‘A delicate and all knowing balance between prose and poetry, Let Me Be Like Water holds you in the familiar place of loss, longing, and survival. Devastating and beautiful.’ – Chimene Suleyman

‘A deeply felt, deeply romantic novel of fragmentary, raw emotion, that flickers and flares like a nerve exposed.’ – Barney Norris

Let Me Be Like Water is a beautiful, honest and engaging study of how we are healed through the grace of others. It is a novel about the people and places we love, and how, when these are lost, we learn, often in the most surprising ways, how to begin again.’ – John Burnside

‘Radiant and brave.  A beautifully crafted study of loss and the redemptive nature of friendship; and a powerful reminder of the tendernesses of love, in all its forms.’ – Kate Howard

‘Intimate, ruthless, featherlight: S.K.Perry’s novel Let Me Be Like Water is like a long night talk with a stranger on a train, who becomes your best friend for eight hours. This book is like medicine for the soul.’ – Nina George

‘This beautiful novel about mourning is actually a celebration of life and the regenerative power of friendship. Let Me Be Like Water transcends pain and comforts; it dances in the sky like a kite.’ – Denis Thériault

Coming Up

I teach creative writing workshops and courses, and take part in readings and performances in schools, community groups, and organisations. Get in touch if you’re interested in collaborating on a project or booking me to discuss what this could look like. 

Upcoming Readings:

9 May, 6.30pm: The Chapel Bar – Let Me Be Like Water Book Launch

16 May, 7pm: Brixton Library – Brixton Rising: New Voices in Fiction

6 July, 7pm: Budin, Greenpoint NYC – Nassau Avenue Reading Series

7 July, 7-9.30pm: Bluestockings Bookshop, NYC – Workshop, Writing Sex: Rewriting Norms with Kayo Chingonyi

19 July, 7pm: House of St Barnabas – Under the Covers

26 August, 8.30pm: Courtyard Theatre, Chipstead – Summer Festival

11 October, 7pm: Effra Social – RiffRaff

18 November, 7pm: Barbican Centre – RAP Party

April – Sep ’18: I’m so excited to be a course tutor for Invisible Presence, a development programme for Latinx writers living in the UK. Please click here for more information.

I have fibromyalgia and depending on my level of pain, I sometimes use a wheelchair. Please keep this in mind if inviting me to speak at your event, so we can talk about access together. 


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I deliver one-to-one in-person or Skype creative writing feedback and mentoring on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis (depending on our mutual availability).

The hour-long sessions are used to provide detailed feedback on work that’s been sent to me in advance, troubleshoot creative challenges, boost confidence, and develop a sustainable creative writing practice. We will set new exercises or targets each session, depending on your aims. I recommend a commitment to at least 3 sessions.

To enquire, please send me an email to ms.skperry@gmail.com

Please include a bit about what you want to get from the sessions and what it is you are working on, as well as your availability.

I had a lot of amazing mentors who gave me their time for free or for not-a-lot, and so I offer a number of students pay-what-you-can sessions. You do not need to disclose your reasons for needing this, please just put a note in your initial email stating what you would want to pay, or that you would be wanting a free place.

My standard fee per Skype session is £70, which includes time spent reading and preparing feedback on your work. In-person costs vary depending on travel time required.


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Please feel free to send me an email: ms.skperry@gmail.com.

I tweet now and again @_sarah_perry