A NCTJ-accredited multimedia journalist, Sarah Jayne Kipling has written for The Evening Chronicle, The Journal, The Sunday Sun, The Northern Echo and The Teesdale Mercury. She has worked as a sub-editor for The North West Evening Mail and currently edits and proofreads literary manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction) and academic journal submissions in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
An empty pub is getting a new lease of life as an arts venue, as SARAH KIPLING reports.
THE region's first Police and Crime Commissioner elections have been branded a "farce", with eight out of 10 people not bothering to cast their vote.
FOR hour after hour, polling stations stood empty across the region as voters failed to show in the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
DARING volunteers bared their soles and hotfooted it across a bed of blazing embers for charity.
FEWER than half of the people surveyed in an exclusive Sunday Sun poll are aware of next month’s election for Police and Crime Commissioner.
LIBERAL Democrats are facing a North meltdown after a Sunday Sun poll revealed voters plan to desert the party in their droves at the next general election.
A MARRIED dad pretended to be a Canadian hunk with film-star good looks to groom young schoolgirls.
A FESTIVAL of floral art decking one of Tyneside's oldest churches has been opened by the Duchess of Northumberland.
A SUMMER of sport inspired children to take to the track for the Junior and Mini Great North Runs.
THOUSANDS of youngsters turned out yesterday to compete in the Junior and Mini Great North Runs, continuing a summer of British sporting excellence.
WHAT would you like to see from your local church in the community?
There are enough young people sleeping rough to fill the Olympic Stadium. SARAH KIPLING talks to volunteers trying to make a difference.
Wallflowers blossom, party kids prosper and the sheltered have their day in the sun. Widely seen as the life stage equivalent of the Age of Aquarius, Sarah Kipling looks at why the university experience sends some to the dark place instead.
One of the best kept secrets about the university experience is that it can be just as tedious and demanding as ‘real life’.
Recent graduate and newly instated jobseeker SJ Kipling questions whether graduate unemployment is one existential crisis arts graduates won't be able to philosophise their way out of.
Upon graduation, one can be forgiven for anticipating the opening bars of the Hallelujah Chorus to break out. The reality can be somewhat underwhelming.
Sarah Kipling, an 18-year-old from Middleton-in-Teesdale, was recently the victim of racial abuse on the online networking site MySpace. Here, she argues that such websites sometimes do far more harm than we realise.
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What's it like being a sixth-former in Barney these days? Is life in a traditional market town a little too quiet, or something to be enjoyed and appreciated before the temptations of a big city university beckon? Seventeen-year-old SARAH-JAYNE KIPLING canvasses opinion on the good and bad of the town.
Four teenage girls: all of them different, all of them struggling with their own shame and secrets. Lucy loves to gossip, Ulana is from a conservative Muslim family, Trina likes to party and Sophia has a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But in this novel by the author of the heart-wrenching Dear Charlie, no one is exactly as they first appear.
A bestseller in its native Russia and translated into English for the first time, The Raven’s Children was written to break the silence surrounding a dark and largely hidden period of history.
Meet Charlie. He’s a normal nine-year-old who enjoys playing FIFA on the PS4 and tries to stay positive even though he’s the target of the school bully and his brother is in hospital. Oh, and he also happens to turn into a colourful menagerie of animals when he least expects it, from a high-hopping flea to an incontinent rhino.
THEIR songs evoke Merry Old England and the collective spirit of tavern-goers sitting around a fire sharing good music, stories and beer.
SPORTING a Van Dyke beard, flouncing pirate shirt and gold-tasselled hussar jacket, he is perhaps the only person who could out-Depp Johnny Depp.
A SENIOR citizen breathes a vivid plume of fire into the air as an assistant poises a brimming bucket of water in anticipation.
After an adolescence spent in thrall to the lingerie-draped altars of the rock gods of ages past, the discovery that the Bon Jovi Live tour was coming to Europe was met with a muddle of violent enthusiasm and uncertainty.
Longer fiction extract written as part of a series of creative shorts for Sweet Designs Magazine.
Short story featured as editor's pick in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of the Teen Voices biannual print magazine.
Free-form poem featured in Teen Ink's monthly print magazine.
Blog articles written for clients
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When opportunities for growth in your home country are, at best, scarce, then exporting to a more promising market abroad could present your business with a golden opportunity. In recent years, Brits with lofty career aspirations have flocked in their droves to sunny España. Now, research shows that emerging markets are expected to contribute the...
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Described as the fashion equivalent of a hug, the onesie has fast established itself as the garment of choice for those days when disengaging yourself from the duvet is a no-no. But when last Christmas saw sales of the onesie, or "adult romper suit", skyrocket, it became a practical everyday solution for bringing the benefits [...]
Ever gotten swept up in the fad of the moment and looked back and cringed? Maybe you have yet to completely escape the shadow of an ill-advised trend. Perhaps you still have a smattering of pog discs lurking in your drawer. Or maybe photographic evidence exists of your unfortunate mullet phase.
The list of notable Cambridge University alumni is a seemingly endless one. Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking are included in these illustrious ranks, as well as comedian John Cleese and actor Hugh Laurie. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that some of the greatest writers in the world started out there.
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