In 2015, Sarah was commissioned by The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust as part of the Memory Makers project. The project paired survivors of genocide with a range of artists who responded to these remarkable life stories by creating a work of art.
The project included film makers, visual artists, illustrators, a ceramicist, and the writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry. The aim was to ensure that survivors’ experiences aren’t lost to history, and that a new generation can engage with the stories of genocide.
Sarah's partner in the project, Eve Kugler, survived the Holocaust as a child, escaping Nazi persecution by fleeing first Germany, and then France, for America. Her story is a remarkable one, and Sarah worked to her story into a piece of poetry. The resulting poetry sequence ‘Grains of Light’ is now available to read and hear on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website.
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust: Holocaust survivor Eve Kugler meets poet Sarah Hesketh
Age Concern - Where the Heart Is
‘Where the heart is’ was an ambitious and unique residency programme organised by Age Concern Central Lancashire. In 2013, Sarah spent nine months visiting and working with the staff and service users at Lady Elsie Finney House in Preston.
As a result of her experiences, in 2014, Sarah published The Hard Word Box, a collection of poems and texts that explores ideas surrounding dementia and ageing.