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). A fifth collection is due in March 2019.
Sally runs Saltmarsh Poetry in North Norfolk’s Burnhams see