Sarah Mitchell-Jackson was born and brought up on the Isle of Thanet, surrounded by the sanity-saving sea. She found school unbearably tedious until she took her A-levels at Thanet College. Her favourite pub – The Ship Inn – was torn down, albeit many years after her regular attendance, to build the Turner Contemporary.
SMitchJack’s early wordy influences were the children’s literature of Russell Hoban, Sylvia Plath’s poetry and the lyrics of The Cure. Honouring a vow she had made at age twelve to live in Yorkshire – and despite her love of literature – she took a degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield, rapidly followed by a Masters from the University of York.
Thereafter, she moved to London and worked at IPC on Country Life magazine, before heading up the Graduate Division of a sales and marketing recruitment consultancy placed conveniently on Regent Street. Following a non-religious epiphany in Goodge Street tube station one morning in August, she left London and studied at the University of Cambridge.
From there she went on to teach English at the now-defunct Riverside Middle School in Suffolk and was Head of Psychology at an independent school in Cambridge.
She is married and has two sons.
Sarah Mitchell-Jackson has had poetry and short fiction published in The Critical Pass Review, Really System, The Conium Review, Gravel Magazine, Firefly Magazine and broadcast on the No Extra Words podcast. She has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and the Best Small Fiction Queen’s Ferry Press Award.