Sarah Gibson Yates

Lecturer, Film, Writing and Media

Anglia Research Centre in Media & Culture

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Film, media and communication studies , Creative writing

Courses taught: Film Studies, Film Studies and Media Studies, Writing and Film Studies

Sarah's work explores representations of the self and profile making as a form of identity production and is concerned with drawing ideas addressed in recent scholarship in this field into a publicly engaged practice context.

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

Early in 2009, Sarah was awarded a grant from the National Lottery through Arts Council England to support work engaged in exploring aspects of interconnectivity between traditional creative arts and social technologies. The first of these projects was the writing of a novel User about the darker consequences of our indelible online identities. It follows the journey of a young blogger Rubi who is silenced when she finds a girl murdered. Her journey to discover who murdered her and why reveals a hidden identity and some uncomfortable personal connections. This work has been developed through the new writing mentoring scheme Gold Dust and was presented at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2012. A participatory online art project complimenting this work is currently in development. A paper about this work is published by Intellect in their journal Book 2.0, available as a free download.

More information about these projects can be found on the Anglia Research Centre in Media & Culture website.

Research interests

  • Narrative making in film, writing and new media
  • Representations of the self
  • Profile making as a form of identity production


Sarah teaches on the following modules:

  • Film and Media: Introduction to Video
  • The Networked Image
  • Creative Practice in Film
  • Script to Screen
  • Non-Fiction Filmmaking
  • Creative Writing
  • Working in Film and Media