Sally Hinchcliffe

the official website


Sally HinchcliffeWelcome

This is the official website of Sally Hinchcliffe, a writer living and working in Scotland. Here you can find information about me and my writing, contact me directly or through my agent, and anything else I think of to add.


Born in London in 1969, I grew up all over the world as my father served the Foreign Office in New York, Kuwait, Tanzania, Dubai, Zambia and Jordan.

I was educated at Dollar Academy, Scotland and Cranleigh School, Surrey. I read PPE at Oriel College, Oxford and then took an MSc in Information Technology at the University of the West of England (Bristol) – or Bristol Poly as it was then more prosaically known. In 2004 I did an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, taught by Julia Bell and Russell Celyn Jones. As part of the course, we set up and edited the inaugural edition of the Mechanics’ Institute Review, aka MIR

Since 1994 I have worked for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the IT department, developing databases to support its scientific work. In 2001 I took a two year sabbatical from Kew to work in Swaziland as a volunteer with Skillshare International.

I began writing seriously in 2003 and have had a number of short stories published. I also write occasional reviews for The Small Press Review.

Out of a Clear Sky

My first novel, OUT OF A CLEAR SKY, was published by Pan Macmillan in May, and was selected as the May Book of the Month by Radio Five Live’s Book Panel.