I always knew what I wanted to do: I wrote and illustrated my first book, The Family’s Adventures, when I was six. After graduating with first-class honours in English Literature and Language, I started freelancing for outdoor magazines and websites, and I’ve been busy ever since. I’m now Assistant Editor of BMC Summit, the UK’s most widely read outdoor magazine. I’m also Editor of the Outdoor Adventure Guide. The summer sister of Fall-line Skiing magazine, it’s a fun, very British take on adventuring. I also freelance for other outdoor magazines and websites.
I’m an outdoor storyteller. I love exploring cultures and landscapes, delving into outdoor issues like the ethics of down production, and bringing the stories of inspiring people to light, like Danny Macaskill, Robert Macfarlane and Hazel Findlay. I’ve been a gear editor for one publication or another for over ten years now. I enjoy commissioning and editing work from my contemporaries, too.
A perfectionist editor and writer, I work hard to earn the positive feedback you’ll see in the testimonials below. Feel free to contact me if you are a magazine editor looking for words and photographs on any outdoor subject. I also occasionally take on copywriting and PR work – past clients include Inov8, Jagged Globe and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.
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Your article prompted Sharman Quinney Estate Agents to go for a whole page ad along the same lines – he was very impressed with your style. Thanks Sarah!
Thank you for all your hard work on this. I will certainly be recommending you to people.
Keep churning out stuff like that and it will keep me happy.
I have just finished reading Swansea and I enjoyed it SO much – I could imagine every step of your route and enjoyed it all – more than anything it really made me WANT to go and try it out. You are more than welcome to do another city any time the fancy takes you.
I’m really pleased with the way the Rutland piece has turned out. It’s a lovely article, so thank you.
Really pleased with the way we all worked at Friedrichshafen [Europe’s main outdoor gear trade show]. I think we have become a very well-oiled machine now when it comes to dealing with these things. A lot of that is thanks to your excellent planning pre-show, great work at the show and solid follow-up work.
You’re great to work with! Thanks for consistently turning around proofreading and copy editing jobs to a very high standard when the pressure is on.
Sarah was a joy to work with. She worked hard and effectively, usually pre-empting me whenever I had a suggestion by already having covered that angle.
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your article on Rutland, in the forthcoming issue of Beautiful Britain. (In case you’re wondering, I sub-edit each issue of the magazine as well as contributing to it) I know Rutland and south Leicestershire very well (was born there), and your piece brought back lots of memories. More than that, though, I found/find your style of writing, your ‘voice’ if you like, very engaging and a far cry from the general run-of-the-mill commissioned hack stuff. I can’t wait to read more.
How refreshing to see a bold, well-researched piece on a controversial subject. I was very impressed by the way you found a number of real-life case-studies and by the thoughtful way in which you put your argument across. There’s a great need for high-quality, thought-provoking pieces like this, so bravo.
Fantastic article. Really good. I’ve edited it now (hardly touched it, took out a few words here and there).
This is lovely Sarah, really. Thank you so much for coming up trumps. It’s great – doesn’t need touching, and is beautiful… which of course is a joy for many, many reasons (!).
Sarah Stirling is intelligent, thoughtful, easy to work with and gets things done.
Excellent article on down trade in Summit mag from Sarah Stirling. The BMC doing what it does best, supporting and caring for us climbers.
Damn, you’re good! All looks spot on, cheers.
Your piece on the Faroes was a marvel! A fantastic piece of observation and travelogue – loved the story, loved the way you set place and the people. Thanks indeed.
I’m Editor of the Outdoor Adventure Guide and Assistant Editor of BMC Summit magazine. I also write articles for other outdoor, adventure and travel magazines.