wild and dreaming stories from the edge of the world

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in a world of sharp edges & unexpected sounds, books kept her soft for dreaming

Deep In the Far Away

Emma's husband has brought her to the beautiful countryside of Linden Cove to recover from a mysterious illness. But as she gets stronger, Emma is drawn into murmurs and old, uncertain memories of sorrow. What are the echoes that haunt the hills and her own heart? And what is it about the sea-fretted breeze that so troubles her husband? 

This novel is an eco-hearted fantasy, love story, and a mystery. 

"Amazing, heart breaking, soul searing." - Raquel Somatra

"I am so in love with this! Can't wait for the next installment ... your writing is always just gorgeous. It reads like poetry." - Kelly Letky.

"I do love your writing style - it feels like you're telling fairytales - that's how I sometimes view your writing - fairytale-like, wistful and full of wonder." - Lissa.

"I'm currently re-reading this book, and again it takes my breath away. It's so so beautiful, and it makes me want to slow down my day and see all the beauties in it."- Goodreads Review

Suburban Magic

This is a series of six essays on the magic which lingers in our modern world. Meadow dreamer, river dragon, black-eyed bunyip, and more ... we meet with old wild spirits and listen to their songs at the edge of our pavements, at the bottom of our gardens.

"I feel inspired ... you expressed something real and wonderful." - reader feedback

The Coracle Sky

Twelve stories that drift through strange places and enchanted hearts to find the illumination of love. Each story draws forth the magic, moonlight, and secret wishes that bring a wild weather to our souls.

The book also contains original art and photography, a soundtrack, and notes on the stories.

a young woman in her season of longing learns a dark secret about the moon
A Womanful of Bones
lost in the forest, a woman finds her soul's purpose
Roses for the Dragon
the woman who was a monster, and the man who loves her
The Towered Lady
what happens when you capture the storm
the children of the bear and the dragon must find a way to weave peace
Sorrowing the Sea 
a woman stands on the shores of unravelling time
The Sorcerer
in an old tower beside the sea, a sorcerer is hunting for the heart of the enemy
A Toss of Dreams
a lonely girl makes the stars from sorrow
a tiny story about songlines and silences
The Roots of Water 
a shy-eyed river witch yearns to leave the valley she is bound to protect
Wing, Stone, Song
holding on to the memory of love amongst the dream dark trees
The Quick & The Undead 
fighting zombies in Victorian times

"I just finished the first story and I'm breathless. So, so beautiful." - Jo.

"Beautiful fairytale like stories. I loved this book." - Goodreads Review


Stories about love and longing, loss and reconciliation, and about the paths we travel through the wild landscapes of earth, heart, and imagination, towards our deepest selves. From a lost princess to a woman searching for broken dreams amongst the wrackline, these stories seek to find the sometimes elusive heart of hope. Contains photographs, notes on each story, and a soundtrack.

a mail order bride finds herself in a wild land with a silent husband
Forever After
the bear's wife beneath the moon
a rendition of the Goose Girl tale
Under Heaven 
a tiny tale of stars over the sea
what the river does for a bruised & sorrowing wife
The Birds of Wicker Lake
when the migrating birds arrive, other things are lost
when a hero is captured by a troll, he learns the lovely ways to freedom
Wrack Line
a woman walks the edge of the sea, gathering shells, trying to let go of her grief
Beautiful Sword 
the Lady of the Woods guides a lost knight on his sacred quest
Witch Woman
a shy young woman is convinced her upstairs neighbour is a witch
Tracking Wild Poetry 
a young woman goes out into the wild to find her creative heart
The Soldier 
a mother in a moment of war
Fool's Gold
the weaponry of a woman in a ruined world
The Seduction of the Moon 
a story of forbidden love
The Hunter & The Beloved
the children of the witch fight each other for love and peace
The Last House Until Forever 
the old woman beside the sea
The Storyteller of Cyriae 
a young woman becomes apprentice to a medicine-tale teller

"The stories are beautifully written, mysterious and magical and sometimes with a delicious little twist which I always enjoy." - reader review.

"Filled with stories that smell of earth and spark like magic." - Stephen Parolini

The Memory of Light

A collection of poems exploring the in-between spaces, the connections and disconnections people experience with each other and with the natural world. In words and photographs, this embraces the longing and love deep within our souls as we journey towards home.

"I am wordless because anyway I describe it cannot capture its profound layering of souls. That feeling you get when you finish a novel and blink and breathe and realise the world had stopped for a moment, or rather you had stopped while the world went by you and will never see things again in the same light. That feeling is there in each and every poem." - Artemis Moon


A collection of poems and photography about relationships, the draw of self towards other.

"Otherwise is one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time, and beyond that, it's one of the most  interesting. Poetry books are rarely page turners. This one definitely is. I couldn't put it down. You know, some people can write. Some writers are craftspeople of the written word. Some take it to another level and become spiritual masters of the craft of writing. Sarah Elwell is such a person." - Susan Chambers

Reader reviews of Sarah's writing

"absolutely stunning, heartwarming"

"Sarah Elwell's writing is achingly beautiful and unsettlingly probing."


"incredibly beautiful & moving"

"I slowly read and ponder the beauty of these words and never fail to be refreshed - deeply. I can honestly say that I have not found writing to compare."

"your writing always leaves me speechless ... breathless ... these are amazing."

"your words are beautifully soft, warm and gentle. I find so much comfort and strength in them."

"wow [Otherwise] is more powerful than a whole YA fiction book"

"simply gorgeous"

"heartfelt and beautiful."

"after reading Driftways I'm left with a feeling that defies explanation (in a good way, lol). It's soulful. I once compared it to the feeling I get after a heartfelt listening of U2's Joshua Tree. That feeling. :)"

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