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Dr Sarah Gibson Yates

Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Film , Media , Creative writing
Research Supervision:
Courses taught:

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Writing, Film and Media Practice, and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Film and Media at ARU.

Sarah’s current teaching and research practice draws on careers in art curatorship, cultural film programming, film production and community arts education. She is currently involved in narrative making projects across a range of media including screenwriting, narrative games, and children’s literature.

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Sarah's research interests are practice-based and broadly centre around narrative making in film, writing and new media.

Her PhD is entitled Writing Digital Culture into Contemporary Realist Young Adult Literature: a novel and exegesis, and explores the role of film and online social technology in the lives of young people, its representation in fiction and on the page.

The novel output was longlisted for The Times Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2020. This explorative multimodal literature project was developed with a grant from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Sarah's work includes critical and creative practice investigations into narrative practice, including co-editing the 10th anniversary edition of Book 2.0 (Intellect) a journal dedicated to digital book culture. More information and links to articles and other materials can be found on Sarah's website.

She is affiliated with StoryLab.

Research interests
  • Intersections between traditional and new media forms of narrative making
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Distributed narratives
  • Digital story telling
  • Authorship
  • Social media practices
  • Online identity
  • Self-narration
  • Hybridity
Areas of research supervision

Sarah is keen to supervise PhDs in any of the areas listed under her research interests.


Sarah currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Creative Moving Image
  • Online Journalism
  • Screenwriting: The Short Film
  • Screenwriting: Script to Screen
  • Non-Fiction Filmmaking
  • Major Projects in Film, Media and Creative Writing (BA and MA)
  • PhD, Anglia Ruskin University (2021)
  • MA, University of East Anglia (2005)
  • BA, University College London (1993)
Memberships, editorial boards
  • The Screenwriters Network
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Member of The National Association of Writers in Education
  • Book 2.0, Journal. Editorial Board member 2019-2021 and current Peer Review Board
Selected recent publications

Gibson Yates, S., Ivanescu, A., Yeni, N. 2020, Co-editors Book 2.0 Special Issue on Books and Technology: 10th-anniversary issue. Intellect Journal Publications. (This special issue examines the journal's founding theme and presents a series of papers from research experts and creative practitioners.)

Gibson Yates, S. 2020, 'Writing digital culture into the young adult novel', Ibid.

Gibson Yates, S. 2020, 'Josie Barnard's The Multimodal Writer', Book review Red Globe Press, 2019. Ibid.

Gibson Yates, S. 2020, 'Visual Thinking in Fiction', essay in Ways of Thinking. Cambridge School of Art.

Gibson Yates, S. 2019, 'Putting Multimodal Writing on The Page'. Writing in Education, No 78, Summer Issue. Journal of The National Association of Writers in Education, UK.

Recent presentations and conferences

The Remediated Writer and the Scriptive Text. Paper presentation as part of a panel for Amplified Publishing, Mix Conference, Bath Spa, UK. July 2021.

New Forms of Fiction: the case for contemporary realist young adult literature. Paper presentation for 'Oh brave new world!' AHSS Faculty Conference, ARU. June 2021.

Screenwriting as Research. Panel presentation as part of The Cambridge School of Creative Industry's research seminar series. April 2021.

How Should a Person Write? Writing methodologies paper delivered as part of a panel of PhD Creative Writers at The National Association of Writers in Education [NAWE] annual conference, York, UK. November 2018.