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

Jew(ish) Comics: Drawing From  The Collection

The Jewish Museum (July-September)

"Motherhood and Art"

Jewish Quarterly, Summer 2018

"Sarah Lightman Art and Film"

Mother Egg Review Gallery


Forthcoming Talks and Workshops

for a full list of previous talks please see here

"The Book of Sarah" LDC Panel, Read Fest, Barking and Dagenham Library (September)

"Maternity and Comics Panel", Convenor and Speaker, Transititons Conference, Birkbeck, London (November)

“Sarah vs Sarah in The Book of Sarah”, Autobiographics Panel, Drawing Yourself In and Out of It,”, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. (November)

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) (Keynote)

Recent publications/press

for a full list of publications please see here

Crossing The Void: The Constructive Wilderness that Is Post-Submission (February 2018)

International Auto/BiographyAssociation  New Scholars Network

"Sarah Lightman/The Book of Sarah" in The Inking Woman (Myriad Editions) by Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate (March 2018)








The Book of Sarah

(Myriad Editions, April 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 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