The Pre-Raphaelite Society is pleased to announce the appointment of our first ever Poet-in-Residence, Sarah Doyle, who was the winner of the 2011 PRS Poetry Competition. As PRS Poet-in-Residence, Sarah will join the Committee as judges of the 2012 Poetry Competition, and will be writing poems commissioned especially for the PRS. During the year of her appointment, Sarah will also be giving an illustrated reading of poems to the Society.
Sarah Doyle is a regular performer at poetry events in and around London, and last Autumn was a guest reader at the Torbay Poetry Festival. Her poetry has appeared in various publications and has been placed in some national poetry competitions, such as Poetry on the Lakeand the Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition. Recently, Sarah was the only poetry winner in Forty Hall’s “I Just Wanted to Tell You” poetry/photography postcard competition – with 20,000 postcards bearing her short poem being produced and distributed in Spring 2012. Sarah is, with Allen Ashley, co-author of Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System, a collection of poetry inspired by the objects and phenomena of our night skies. Sarah’s poetry is often, though not exclusively, formal; she favours metre and rhyme, and enjoys experimenting with new forms of her own devising. Sarah is a great art lover, being particularly drawn towards Pre-Raphaelitism. She is currently working on a collection of poetry inspired by the paintings of John William Waterhouse. Sarah’s website can be found at http://www.sarahdoyle.co.uk, or you can find her on Twitter – @PoetSarahDoyle.