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Sarah Jane Justice

Writer / Poet / Singer-Songwriter

A writer with experience in a vast number of fields. Sarah Jane Justice is an award-winning spoken word artist, a published prose author and poet, and an accomplished musician and songwriter. With endless motivation and enthusiasm for all areas of her work, she is always working towards her next major project.

 
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'Cracks in our Shadows' is an immersive storytelling experience, told through the photography of Phillip Walker, and the poetry of Sarah Jane Justice. Click through for more information.
 

Praise For Sarah's Work

 

"This is a stunning poem and a powerful reading. It’s effective and understated, and does nothing to distract from a poem that gets right to the heart of things."

Katherine McDaniel, Editor, Synkroniciti Magazine, on 'Longing'.

"We loved how powerful a few string of words formulated together can be. It was raw and the imagery depicted enough for the feelings ingrained in these words to be understood."

Emylee Frank, Editor, South Broadway Press, on 'Remembrance'.

"We especially loved the original interpretation of the theme, the clever and lyrical prose and the evocativeness of the piece. It was atmospheric in the best way possible."

Sebastian Romero, Senior Fiction Editor, Caustic Frolic, on 'Tracks'.

"This is poetry that not only is just joyful to listen to, but it bangs home lesson after lesson, worthwhile thought after worthwhile thought."

Steve Davis, Host, 'The Adelaide Show' Podcast, on 'Just Asking Questions'.

"Sarah Jane Justice is a true professional and multi-talented spoken word artist. Her performance is consistently at a high level and is equally matched by her writing ability."

Matthew Erdely, Founder, Seek & Deliver Entertainment

"When I finished this story the first time, I sat staring into the middle distance for a while. Very effective and haunting."

David Green, Author, on 'Rain'

"Tragic, beautiful and honest."

Ximena Escobar, Author, on 'Rain'

"It's a horrifying concept, and well-executed by Justice. A fantastic read."

Elizabeth Nettleton, Author, on 'Storm Clouds'

The Written Word

The published writings of Sarah Jane Justice cover an array of genres, including lyrical poetry, literary fiction, horror, science-fiction, and whimsical Australiana with a strong character focus. The works linked below are just a few highlights to sink your teeth into - a full list of publication credits can be found on Sarah's CV.

 

Poetry

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South Broadway Ghost Society

A poem that describes the struggle to find a sense of place and belonging in a lost former home. Free to read in the February 2020 edition of South Broadway Ghost Society.

Capsule Stories

A poetry excerpt from the mixed-media exhibition 'Cracks in our Shadows', inspired by the photography of Phillip Walker. Published in the Summer 2020 edition of Capsule Stories.

The Blue Nib

Two poems published in Issue #41 of The Blue Nib. Read online, or click through to purchase the print edition.

 

Horror / Sci-Fi

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The Other Stories

Short horror story written for the 'Big Brother' volume of 'The Other Stories' podcast. Produced with high quality narration, and atmospheric musical backing. Click through to listen for free on your chosen podcast platform.

AntipodeanSF

A short science-fiction piece about a world that knows it will soon end, and decides to celebrate their people. Free to read at the link.

Eerie River Publishing

Featured in 'It Calls From The Sky', a themed horror anthology from Eerie River Publishing. This short story follows a woman and her dog as they run from a deadly storm that appears to have no chance of escape.

 

Literary Fiction

Caustic Frolic

A work of short fiction exploring the experience of a poverty-stricken resident dealing with the side effects of gentrification. Published in Caustic Frolic, a graduate journal run by the department of Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement at New York University. Free to read at the link.

Adelaide Literary Magazine

A melancholy story centred around the hard truths a man will only ever share with his dog, while the rest of the family sleep. Set against the backdrop of an Australian Christmas, this piece was featured in Issue #41 of Adelaide Literary Magazine, a publication based in New York and Lisbon. Free to read at the link.

The Bombay Review

A fictionalised account of a bisexual woman who reflects on her first teenage love, feeling like a traitor to her younger self as she settles into a relationship with a man. This short story explores the way society treats bisexuality and is free to read on the Bombay Review website.

 
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Poetry Videos

A few highlights in the realm of video poetry. For additional works, including live spoken word performances, head over to Sarah's YouTube channel.

 
 

Music

As a musician, Sarah Jane Justice is classically trained in voice, piano and saxophone.

 

Early on in her creative career, she explored the world of musical theatre, taking part in a number of productions through-out her teenage years. At the age of eighteen, she discovered a new kind of audience, after being recruited to play tenor saxophone for established ska band Rubix Cuba. Sarah performed with Rubix Cuba for two years, playing support for bands like The Specials, and touring extensively around Australia and New Zealand. Eventually, she sat down at the piano and began to find her own voice as a singer-songwriter.

 

Under the name ‘The Lonely Kids’, Sarah slowly developed her sound, tending towards poetic lyrics that told distinctive stories. Bouncing between open mics, variety nights, and her own gigs, she wrote and performed three studio recordings, ‘The Lonely Kids’, ‘Infatuation (And Other Bad Habits’, and ‘The Trouble With Waking Up’. In 2016, she took the sound of The Lonely Kids a step further by writing and performing ‘Sigh-Fi’, a science fiction cabaret show that featured in the Adelaide Fringe Festival that year.

 

In between a plethora of other projects, she still finds the time to work on new musical endeavours whenever possible.

 
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In The Media

A selection of interviews and feature articles covering Sarah and her work.

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The Serenade Files

Interview and feature article going into depth about Sarah's writing process, how she balances work with motherhood, and her mixed media exhibition 'Cracks In Our Shadows'. Click through to read the full piece.

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Words Out Loud

Light-hearted interview broadcast on 'Words Out Loud', a program on PBA-FM that showcases South Australian writers and their work. Originally aired in October 2020, leading up to the first showing of 'Cracks in our Shadows'. Click through to listen for free.

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Eerie River Publishing

Sarah's short horror story 'Storm Clouds' is featured in 'It Calls From The Sky', a collection from Eerie River Publishing. In the lead up to the book's release, Eerie River featured an interview with Sarah. Click through to read it, alongside a sneak peak of 'Storm Clouds'.

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Synkroniciti Magazine

The Spring 2020 issue of arts magazine Sykroniciti included a feature article on Sarah's work, focusing specifically on her video poem, 'Longing'. Click through to purchase a digital copy of the magazine.

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Scenestr Magazine

In the lead up to the original showing of Sarah's mixed media exhibition 'Cracks in our Shadows', street press magazine Scenestr featured a full page article about the project. Click through to read a digital copy of the magazine.

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Adelaide Show Podcast

Episode 308 of The Adelaide Show Podcast was focused on writing the great novel. To round out the episode, Sarah was interviewed about her video poem 'Just Asking Questions'. Click through to have a listen.

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Radio National: Life in 500 Words

A true story told by Sarah for the 'Winging It' theme of Radio National's 'Life in 500 Words' segment.

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Blog

 

Sarah Jane Justice is available for workshops, speaking engagements, and feature performances. To enquire about booking, or get in contact for an interview, please use the form below.

 

Winner, Northern Fringes Poetry Slam, 2020  //  Winner, Salisbury Fringe Poetry Slam, 2019  //  SA State Champion, Australian Poetry Slam, 2018  //  Winner, Goolwa Poetry Cup, 2017  //  People’s Choice, Goolwa Poetry Cup, 2016

Contact

PO Box 388, North Adelaide, SA, 5088

0411666746

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