Welcome to Tentative Zoetrope. This is a personal blog, where I post my poetry, random thoughts, and occasionally get the chance to interview other writers whose work I admire.


I am Sarah-Jane Crowson; a poet, educator and researcher.


My poetry can be read in various journals, including the Muddy River Poetry Review, Wales Haiku Journal, Under The Basho, and the Iron Horse Literary Review. My work has been shortlisted for the Haiku Foundation’s ‘Touchstone’ award and the Canterbury Festival ‘poet of the year’ award. I’m interested in exploring the space between real and imagined. Inspired by fairytales, nature, psychogeography and surrealism, I use bricolage to investigate the unusual and surprising using words. I have visual poetry forthcoming in Otoliths, Petrichor Journal, Random Sample and Le Menteur, amongst others.


I’m an educator at Hereford College of Arts, a small, specialist creative arts college in the UK. Between 2016-2018 I worked for the HEFCE-funded Scholarship Project. In 2019-19, I sat on the TEF subject-level panel for Arts and Humanities. I am part of the Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO) theme two working group, and am very proud to be supporting social justice within Higher Education as part of TASO’s work. I have experience working in a variety of contexts, from schools through to Higher Education, and as an educational consultant. I’m currently also on the editorial panel for FE Future Pedagogies journal, creating visual content.


I am a postgraduate researcher at Birmingham City University, where my research looks at radical educational spaces, investigating the concept of the ‘critical radical rural’. I am passionate about arts education and the power of the arts to reveal the surprising and let us find alternative solutions to complex problems.

You can read more about my research on the CSPACE webpages at BCU.

Social Media

You can find me on twitter at @Sarahjfc and on Instagram at @Sarah_jfc.