Excerpts from books by sally Spedding
Book Excerpts      
  Published on April 25th 2014  

  Published in the autumn of 2016  
CUT TO THE BONE   A dark, chilling study of evil in disguise. Set in Coventry, Rita Martin's life is turned upside down when her unreliable husband leaves her with their three young children. She will need all her courage and determination to keep her family safe from a cunning, damaged teenage predator who should never have been adopted. Was published in 2015.  
COLD REMAINS   Was published in Spring 2012  



Published in January 2007

PREY SILENCE   Published in July 2006  
TRESPASS   Published in November 2015  
THE FOLD   The Fold is the recent winner of Americymru's West Coast Eisteddfod Short Story Competition 2014, which was 'undoubtedly the best year yet both in terms of quantity and quality of the entries.' (Ceri Shaw)  
BLACKTHORN DAYS   Featuring in 'Strangers Waiting,' Sally's short story collection published by bluechrome in 2008 and now available on Amazon Kindle.

This historical/supernatural story was published in 2009 in the first edition of Classic and Contemporary Short Stories.

The title story in this new collection. First appeared in the CWA's Best British Mysteries 2005, (ed by Maxim Jakubowski) Also a winner of the H.E.Bates Short Story Prize.
Also published in TALES FROM WALES in June 2018 (Ed. Phil Rowlands)

POWER CUTS   2nd prizewinner in the Allen Raine Celebration Writing Competition, November 2009. Sponsored by Parthian Books.  

Radgepacket Volume six Tales from The Inner Cities, published by Byker Books.





Published by ‘HORLA’ the e-zine for ‘intelligent Horror,’ in March 2018  (ed. Giles Rees) 











Published by ‘HORLA’ the e-zine for ‘intelligent Horror,’ in June 2018 (ed. Giles Rees)


Sally was a finalist in the Cinnamon
Press Poetry Collection Award 2008.
1913   First published by Biscuit Publishing.  
COWHAND   Winner of the Forward Press £3.000 Poetry Award.  
GAUDEAMUS   Winner of the Anne Tibble Poetry Prize.  
BRISTOL   This poem was shortlisted for the 2008 Bridport Prize.  

Sally was awarded the £500 First Prize for Poetry in the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition 2009, which attracted over 20,000 entries from 30 countries.

Her winning entry was based upon an overgrown area of her garden in Wales having been home to a very different kind of wildlife.

Previously published in issue 28 of Roundyhouse.


Winner of the 2010 Welsh Poetry Prize from 510 international entries.

Excellently written. A narrative poem whose shifts and turns propel the reader through an episode in one of humankind’s darkest eras. The ‘story’ is complex - even if you just know some of the history of those involved. Klimt, his lover Emilie Floge, and his painting, Church in Cassone. Viktor Zuckerkandl, the owner of the painting until it passed into the hands of his sister Amelia Redlich, who tried to hide the painting from the Nazis before she was deported to Lodz in Poland and never seen again.

No matter how compelling, how emotive, how shocking a subject, no historical account of dates, facts and figures can ever come close to portraying that personal immediacy, that insight into the complexity of human experience, but a poem can make us imagine, and a great poem, such as this, can bring us very close indeed.

When they tear the fur and her dress from/her back, force her to stand like a dead, bare tree, she says, ‘feel free.’

Not that you need to know the story to appreciate and be moved by this poem. No dry prose, this. Lyrical, emotional, inventive, and bursting with imagery. ‘There’ll be no
shadows, no black Leylandii, no…’

Technically accomplished. Verse to give voice to the unspeakable. A very worthy winner.

John Evans. Author and Poet. July 2010

She wears green Winner of the 2012 Welsh Poetry Prize

A finely crafted poem. A prose poem, yet it’s sentences are supple enough to bend with the lyrical impulse and it defies the supposed constraints of it’s form with the skilful use of line break and enjambment. A prose poem, yet its lines move with ellipsis and the syntax is stretched to the limit: “suggests someone not given to nightmares who can forget that slippery floor”. A prose poem, yet it is filled with sharp images, “where loin and shank of this and that jostle for attention”, and rhyme and musical rhythm are used successfully, “in some Smethwick street”/”so nice and sweet”. A prose poem, yet it’s main purpose is to create a mood and express emotion, to challenge and influence, rather than simply tell a story. The inconsistency. “She wears green”, yet, she “can forget that slippery floor, the coppery smell and those she’d once bottle-fed, falling…”. Great poems often speak about the local and specific yet at the same time they are also able to address the universal. She wears green: we all “wear green”. We recycle, “save the planet”, watch nature documentaries, fill the bird feeder every winter, yet we live in a nation where around 4 million "scientific experiments” are carried out on live animals annually, less than 3% of the population are vegetarian, and important wildlife habitat and green zones are destroyed with increasing regularity. This poem challenges us all. A prose poem, yes, but above all this is a very well written poem and a worthy winner.

John Evans. Author and Poet. July 2012

Madame Crustace   Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015. Sally's poem Madame Crustace was shortlisted, and will appear in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Magazine - December 2015  
  Sally has five poems published in Poetry Salzburg Review issue no.28 (Autumn 2015)  
You will not do so again   Longlisted for The Poetry Society Competition 2016.
To be published in The Poetry Review. March 30th 2016
Daisy Chain Shoes   Published in Issue1 of Poetry Northampton Review August 2017  

Published in ‘The Road to Clevedon Pier’ Anthology.
(Hedgehog Poetry Press February 2018)

  Poetry Salzburg Review 32
Sally's poems 'Rancourt' and 'Seizure' are included in this edition. May 2018

Will be appearing in Issue 31 of The French Literary Review. (ed. Barbara Dordi)