Meet the ‘Writer in Residence’ at Selby Stories

Author Sarah Butler is the writer-in-residence of the Selby Stories project.

Sarah, who has had three novels published by Picador in the UK and with fourteen international publishers, had her own stand at the popular Selby Market throughout July and this will continue into August.

She has undertaken numerous writers’ residencies, notably for the Tate Modern, in the London Underground and at the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The project, ‘My Town’, is part of Selby Stories – the cultural program of the Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone.

Until 2023, special events will celebrate the city, its history and what makes it unique. Selby is one of over 60 main streets in the country to receive a share of funding from Historic England, as well as funding from Selby Borough Council.

Market visitors are invited to come and chat with Sarah at her stand on Monday August 15 (9am-1pm) and at Selby Farmer’s Market on Saturday August 20 (10am-1pm).

She will collect stories and talk to people about their memories of Selby Town and Selby Market.

Sarah comments:

“It’s always a privilege to work on projects like Selby Stories – listening to people talk about their town and their relationship to it.

“I am truly delighted to know Selby through the stories of its people, and to share those stories on the project blog and later through temporary installations in Selby itself.”

Stories can also be submitted directly to Sarah via her blog at and more information on market events are online at

Cllr Tim Grogan, Senior Executive Member for Health and Culture for Selby District Council, said: “I know there will be a multitude of stories that local residents can contribute to this project.

“Capturing these memories is a great way to preserve this part of our history for posterity. I hope residents will take this opportunity to share their stories with Sarah and at the same time find out more about all the activities planned as part of Selby Stories.

Jane Jackson of Historic England added: “We are delighted to support Selby Stories through the High Street Heritage Action Zone programme. This project is an exciting opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate Selby’s history and contribute their own stories about the town.

“I would like to encourage as many people as possible to visit Sarah’s market stall and share their memories and personal stories about the city.

“It’s a great example of the innovative way in which High Street Heritage Action Areas are helping to revitalize town centres, celebrate their rich history and make them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and Investors.”

Yorkshire-based artist Serena Partridge has created tiny embroideries to adorn the hidden nooks and crannies of 900-year-old Selby Abbey.

On August 15 and 22, there’s the chance to meet award-winning textile artist, Serena Partridge, the artist in residence for Selby Stories.

Serena has been busy creating tiny embroideries and installing them in the nooks and crannies around historic Selby Abbey.

Serena will sew pieces live in the Abbey between 10am and 1pm and will answer questions about her work and the stories behind the pieces which are gradually being added around the Abbey until December this year.

Minecrafters can also explore the wonderful world of Selby in Minecraft now that Selby Block Party 2 is live. Players can explore virtual Selby and then claim their own storyline in which they can build their own map-inspired creations. News of Minecrafting workshops dropping and more will be announced soon.

Other special events this summer include a special wooden frame that will be moved around town to capture Selby’s best views – with local residents having the chance to nominate their favorite spots.

More information on all of these events and artists will be added to the Selby Stories website over the coming weeks at