Sally Read

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Sally Read (born 1971 in Suffolk[1]) is a British poet and former psychiatric nurse.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Read received a BA from Open University and then an MA from the University of South Dakota.[3]

Work and awards[edit]

Read shared the Eric Gregory Award in 2001.[4] Her first collection, The Point of Splitting, was shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection prize. A selection of her works, Punto della Rottura, is also available in Italian.[5]

Religious and personal life[edit]

A lifelong atheist, Read converted to Catholicism in 2010.[6][7] She wrote a book about her conversion experience, Night's Bright Darkness.[8]

Read is poet in residence at The Hermitage of the Three Holy Hierarchs, which is an eparchial-rite form of consecrated life under the jurisdiction of Bishop Bryan Bayda, the Eparch of Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon.[9] Fr. Gregory Hrynkiw, of the group, played a role in her conversion.

Read lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Marinella.[9]


  • The Point of Splitting (2005)
  • Broken Sleep (2009)
  • The Day Hospital (2012)
  • Night's Bright Darkness (2016)[10]


  1. ^ Interview in City Desert
  2. ^ Chohan, Rhia (8 September 2009). "Poets Give Chapter and Verse on Caring". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 26 August 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Bloodaxe Books Author Page
  4. ^ Society of Authors page on past winners of the The Eric Gregory Trust Fund Awards
  5. ^ Birmingham City University
  7. ^ Catholic News Agency
  8. ^ Romanowsky, Zoe (12 November 2016). "Former Atheist Psychiatric Nurse Now Calls Herself 'Eucharistic'". Aleteia. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "About Us". The Asketerion: The Journal of the Hermitage of the Three Holy Hierarchs. 2014. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Read, Sally (2016). Night's Bright Darkness: A Modern Conversion Story. Ignatius Press. 

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