Professor Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
A writer and academic, Sarah is a professor at the University of Limerick. She has a research background in psychology, organisational behaviour and pedagogy and from 2012-2018 was Ireland's first chair of the National Forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education. She was UL's Dean of Teaching and Learning from 1999 to 2009 and Associate Vice President academic (2009-2017).
Since 2017 she's merged her academic and creative practice to join UL's creative writing team and is part of a Children's Books Ireland National project: 'every child a reader'.
Sarah is a volunteer project leader of an arts council-funded project called 'Walls of Limerick' providing mentoring and professional development support for writers from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds. She works with UL colleagues Prof Joseph O'Connor, Donal Ryan, Emily Cullen, Eoin Devereux, Fíona Scarlett and Kit De Waal to provide and develop creative writing programmes. including the MA in Creative Writing, UL's Creative Writing Winter school and more.
Sarah is the author of seven novels for children and young adults. She's been shortlisted for the Waterstones prize, the Irish Book Awards, CBI book of the year and has received a Kirkus star in the US for exceptional merit in children's literature. Her work has been adapted for the stage and translated into over 18 different languages and in 2022 she won the London Magazine award for short fiction.
Sarah has been a Trustee of the All Ireland Scholarships since 2022.