Sarah Reader Harris was born in the south west of England but spent much of her childhood in Scotland. In 1982 she moved to Belgium to live with her Flemish-speaking husband, with whom she has three daughters. She has lived in Brussels for the last thirty years but returns regularly to Scotland.
She teaches English and runs poetry workshops in a refugee centre and is currently guardian to two unaccompanied Eritrean boys. Her new novel Plums Taste Different Here, about the friendship between a young Afghan asylum seeker and a middle-aged forester from Fort William, has recently been longlisted in the Novel category of the 2018 Yeovil Literary Prize.
Her poems and short stories have been shortlisted for the Bridport prize and published in Wild Cards, the Virago anthology of writing women and The Circle, a Brussels anthology, which is being launched in Waterstones on 22 November.
In Scotand she started writing children’s books after spending time with sheep on the Isle of Skye (more here). With her own company S&F she organizes storytelling sessions and educational projects around these stories. A Sheep called Skye is now into its third reprint and was taken up by the National Theatre of Scotland and adapted by Nicola McCartney into a stage production. Another children’s book, The Godmother, was turned into an educational pack for UK schools. She also produced a series of workshops for schools in Flanders around the story Vlieglessen van een Vlegel, and collaborated with Oxfam Belgium to create the book Het Mysterie van de Bienoboon.