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Dr Sally Flint

Honorary Research Fellow

As a writer, editor, publisher, and lecturer my research and outputs are underpinned by my interest in linking disciplines, socially committed writing, science, and the arts.

With Met Office Scientists and Medical professionals, I work on creative approaches to science writing, questioning the value of doomsday narratives v. stories of hope to get key climate change messages across to a broad audience. I am creative writing lead with Climate Stories and was part of team that showcased the poetry project One Chance Left at COP26.  

I often work with a variety of organisations such as museums, libraries, schools, Devon Drugs Project, NHS, Changing Lives Through Literature and The Poetry School. As co-founder / co-editor of Riptide Journal, I oversee its production and lecture on the MA in Publishing at U of E. Alongside this I am an associate editor with Culture Matters, promoting writing and art that questions fairness and equality across society.  



Research interests

Climate change in stories, poetry and life writng - as a way to connect, scientists and the public

Contemporary poetry/short stories/novels

Ekphrasis - especially links between poetry, visual arts and technology

Collaborations in the arts and community based projects

Healthcare and medicine in the arts

Publishing -  ensuring quality, fairness, equality and diversity


External impact and engagement

Stories connect us all, so as a writer, editor, publisher and lecturer, public engagement is a big part of what I do. I have broad experience of working with organisations and the public on creative writing projects and events. I am currently working with climate scientists, health professionals, academics, climate activists, writers and artists in southwest England and Egypt to create 12 stories for 12 days of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik.       

Other public engagement includes working with schools, colleges, libraries, museums, NHS. I have lead projects and creative writing workshops with RAMM, Exetreme Imagination, Stories Connect, Story Door, Amber Foundation, Devon Drugs Project, NHS, Exeter Royal Deaf Academy, Farms for City Children, Exeter Quakers, Cygnet Theatre, Colebrooke Women's Group, to name a few; many of these projects have resulted in the publication of innovative collaborative writing/books. With Southwest Heritage I also led and facilitated community creative writing sessions as part of 'Devon Remembers' investigating the stories of living in the county in WWI.     

I co-founded and continue to co-edit Riptide Journal which aims to publish emerging talent alongside established writers.  

I design and facilitate courses with The Poetry School, and I am involved in judging international poetry competitions too. 



I lecture and teach Creative Writing, English and Publishing at all levels and work with other organisations on providing workshops in the community.

My work as a poet, climate activist and my research into ekphrasis informs my approach to teaching - ie one art can inspire another and promote thinking beyond the frame. I am  currently working with climate scientists and medical professionals on creative approaches to planetary health. 

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