Sally Festing was born in Cambridge. Childhood holidays in North Norfolk may explain her delight in exploring the links between people, art and landscape. Books on fishermen, travelling showmen, lavender, animals in the 18th century and Penguin biographies of Hepworth and Jekyll, followed ten years of widespread journalism, with significant slots in the Times Educational Supplements. Since then she has written  Swimming Lessons, (Cidesterna), the basis of a Radio 4 play, Salaams (Happen -Stance) and Font (2016) and Doors Opening (Oversteps). Her fifth collection is My Darling Derry, January 2019.
Sally runs Saltmarsh Poetry in North Norfolk’s Burnhams see www.saltmarshpoetry.com
POEMS published in Acumen, Agenda, Ambit, Assent, Critical Quarterly, Coffee House, Dream Catcher, Envoi, Equinox, Frogmore, Ink Sweat and Tears, Interpreter's House, Iota, Links, Magma, New Welsh Review, The North, Obsessed with Pipework, Orbis, Outposts, The New Statesman, The Poets’ Republic, Poetry Nottingham, Poetry Review, Seam,The Shop, Smith's Knoll, The Spectator, Stand, Staple, The Times, Under the Radar, The Wolf, Wordplay, “14”. Anthologies include Skein, Templar, 2014;  Peleton, Templar, 2013;  Running Before the Wind, (Grey Hen Press) 2013;  Soundswrite Anthologies (Soundswrite Press, 2005 & 2006,)  Poetry Wivenhoe (2008);  Light Unlocked, Christmas Card Poems, (Enitharmon, 2005)