Sarah Crossan


Sarah Crossan graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and drama teacher at the University of Cambridge. The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were both shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In 2016, Sarah won the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award and the CLiPPA Poetry Award for her novel, One. 

Toffee is the outstanding new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan – now available in paperback. Poignant, thought-provoking and incredibly moving, it explores mental health and friendship while asking what it means to be a family. ‘Undoubtedly one of the best books of the year’ Irish Times 

Sarah is the go-to writer of the free verse novel in the UK and Ireland, and is the current Laureate na nÓg (Ireland’s Children’s Literature Laureate). Her theme as Laureate is #WeAreThePoets, a two-year project inspiring young people to express themselves through poetry and verse. 

Watch Sarah Crossan in conversation with Elaina Ryan in their online YA BookFest event, which can be seen here on Tuesday 24th November 2020 at 9.00am.

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