sarah lightman

Dr. Sarah Lightman is an artist, author and curator. In this website you can find out more about her publications, lectures and artwork. Sarah's studio is at the Koppel Hive.



Photography by Louise Beecham

Sarah Lightman on the 'Graphic Details: Confessional Comics By Jewish Women' exhibition at  WOW, The South Bank Centre


Recent Academic Awards

Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Birkbeck College, University of London (2018/19)

Rothschild Foundation Travel Grant (2017)

Artwork in Exhibitions and Publications

The Book of Sarah (Solo Show)

The Koppel Gallery, Soho (May 2019)


Forthcoming Talks and Workshops

for a full list of previous talks please see here

Megillat Esther Levy in Miriam Katin’s We Are On Our Own” Association of Jewish Studies, Conference, Boston. (December)

  "The Book of Sarah", (Keynote)

(Self-) documentation and (Self) Constitution of Gendered Cultural Identities, Bochum, Germany (January 2019)

 "The Book of Sarah"

Mathrubhumi Literary Festival 

Kerala, India (January/ February 2019)

"The Book of Sarah",

Jewish Book Week, Kings Place, London

(March 2019)

Forthcoming and recent publications

for a full list of publications please see here

Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me by Bobby Baker

Disability Experiences

Layman Poupard Publishing (2019)

Drawing My Jewish Studies Journey

AJS Perspectives (Winter 2018)

Going into Town; A Love Letter to New York (Review)

Jewish Quarterly (Autumn 2018)








The Book of Sarah

(Myriad Editions, May 2019)


The Book of Sarah is missing from the bible, so artist Sarah Lightman sets out to make her own: questioning religion, family, motherhood and what it takes to be an artist in this quietly subversive visual autobiography from NW3.

The Jerusalem Bible, Ellerdale Road, St Paul’s Girls School and a baby monitor: books and streets, buildings and objects ll this bildungsroman set in Hampstead, North West London. Sarah Lightman has been drawing her life since she was a 22-year-old undergraduate at The Slade School of Art. The Book of Sarah traces her journey from modern Jewish orthodoxy to a feminist Judaism, as she searches between the complex layers of family and family history that she inherited and inhabited. While the act of drawing came easily, the letting go of past failures, attachments and expectations did not. It is these that form the focus of Sarah’s astonishingly beautiful pages, as we bear witness to her making the world her own


Sarah Lightman's beautiful début combines delicate artwork with a riveting narrative about being a daughter, becoming a mother, and learning how to be a person in the world. I loved this subtle memoir about Judaism, feminism, bad dates and good books, the families we are born into and the ones we make. Welcome The Book of Sarah to the graphic canon!

Dr Ariela Freedman, Concordia University, 

and Segal award-winning author of Arabic for Beginners.

A stunning piece of work. The power of the book lies in the atmosphere created by a kind of distilled emotion in the words, alongside the very haunting images. The sense of place and associated emotions are very memorable.

Dr Ann Miller, joint editor, European Comic Art


The real power in the work comes from Lightman’s wit and imagination, which has a lightness that belies the seriousness of the existential questions within.’

Nadia Valman and Rachel Garfield, Jewish Quarterly.


‘Sarah Lightman is like the poster-child for a new kind of feminist activist— scholar, artist, curator, and cheerleader for comics that reveal and shape new forms of Jewish consciousness’

Ariel Kahn, Jewish Quarterly, Summer 2017


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© Sarah Lightman 2013