Sharon Black


Welcome to my website, a place for me to share my poems with anyone who fancies turning up or stumbles in accidentally needing shelter. The photo above was taken by my husband Alex on a trip to Marseilles. I picked it because it echoes the theme of my first collection, To Know Bedrock. Also I find it very clever he managed not to get his new camera wet in the process.

My pamphlet, Rib, was published by Wayleave Press in 2021, available NOW, and my third and fourth full collections will appear in 2022 with Vagabond Voices and with Drunk Muse Press respectively.

My second collection The Art of Egg, published by Two Ravens Press in 2015, has been reprinted by Pindrop Press following Two Ravens' demise. It can be bought direct at

My debut collection of poetry To Know Bedrock appeared with Pindrop Press in 2011 and can also be bought at Just click on my name in the menu option 'Our Poets' to find both books.


Egg Launch

Launch of The Art of Egg at The Project Cafe, Glasgow, on 10 June 2015


sharon launch night

Launch of To Know Bedrock at Phoenix Artist Club, London, on 15 November 2011



* My poem Avocado won 1st prize in The London Magazine Poetry Competition 2019, for the second year running.

* I was delighted to learn that my poem Passing It On won 1st prize in the Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2019 (‘Poems On The Move’)

* And that my poem Oystercatcher Skull won 1st prize in the Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2019 (Hungry Hill poets)

* Abri Creative Writing is hoping to host its usual selection of great writing retreats in 2021 in the south of France, details here.


Reading at the Poetry On The Lake festival in Orta, Italy, in October 2016 - a weekend of poetic discovery and limoncello.