Welcome to Racontesse — the nom de plume of Sarah Gray — a place she has created to share and discuss stories. Whatever form they come in and whomever writes them.
Sarah has been storytelling all her professional life, has worked in TV, film and is now a full-time writer. Her writing echoes that of Shirley Jackson, Neal Gaimen, and Edgar Allen Poe. She has published three short story collections - Surface Tension, Half Life and Urban Creatures All three are beautiful, thought-provoking short story collections about death, loss, ghosts and supernatural creatures. They delve deep into the undercurrents of human psychology, often with magical-beings delivering fantastical messages of warning or redemption; quirky collections recounted with wit, imagination and menace. New editions of Urban Creatures and Surface Tension are being published by Mercuria Press in May 2022 and Spring 2023. They will include some new illustrations and short stories.
Her educational background is in literature and writing. She has an MA in 20th Century Literature and its Contexts, and diplomas in Creative Writing and Script Development.
In October 2015 Sarah was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, a condition rendering her almost paralysed. Her life has changed in every way but her ambition remains to keep writing and being creative for as long as possible.
Racontesse includes articles discussing the challenges she faces attempting to lead a productive life under evermore, difficult circumstances. Everyone is encouraged to contribute and the blog features guest authors and script editors, social and healthcare professionals and immersive entertainment experts.
Racontesse wants to know where storytellers get their inspiration, what keeps them going and what excites them about their own and other people's work. Join in and let's share some stories.
For 18 years she was a television editor and has cut hundreds of programmes ranging in genre from arts documentary to lifestyle and cookery, for broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky. Being an editor gave her the perfect training to write and direct her own short films, with three films completed to date.