Sarah Neely

Anna EdgarSarah Neely is a writer and lecturer whose work currently focuses on the areas of film history and memory, and artists' moving image. She is currently a co-investigator on two three-year AHRC-funded projects: British Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound ( and The Major Minor Cinema: Highlands and Islands Film Guild ( Recent publications include Margaret Tait: Poems, Stories and Writings (Carcanet, 2012) and Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait - Portraits, Poetry, Sound and Place (Peter Lang, 2016). She also has an article on the role of archives and collections in the history of artists' moving image in Scotland, included in the recent special double issue of The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (2018), edited by Ben Cook and Lucy Reynolds.
Sarah has given talks and curated film programmes at a number of festivals and venues, such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Punto de Vista International Documentary Festival, Orkney Book Festival, Glasgow International, Small Islands Film Festival/Urras Film nan Eileanan Beaga, Istanbul Silent Film Festival, Scottish National Galleries, Stills Gallery, Scottish Poetry Library, Mills College Art Museum (Oakland, California), The Poetic Research Bureau (Los Angeles) and Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art.
At the University of Stirling, Sarah serves as Chair of the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies. Outside of the University, Sarah has served as a member of the advisory boards for LUX Scotland and Creative Stirling and has also served on judging panels for a variety of prizes and awards including the BAFTA new talent awards and the Margaret Tait Award for artists working within film and moving image. In 2017, Sarah was awarded a residency at the Ingmar Bergman Estate on Fårö island in Sweden.