Welcome to Enchanted England and thank you for joining me here. Great to see you. My name is Sarah Keen and this is a brief introduction to my work as a writer, painter and illustrator. I use silk, paper, pen, ink, natural textures and watercolours to create my designs.
The Enchanted England range of products is aimed for people like myself who don't really enjoy shopping in endless malls that all sell essentially the same product. All my designs are rooted firmly in the natural world and beliefs that are associated with them. They make touching and thoughtful gifts.
I am inspired by the English countryside. As a child I grew up in Buckinghamshire and spent much of my childhood roaming the chalk based hills and fields that surrounded my family’s home.
After living in Southampton for many years, in 2004 I moved to a nearby village set in Hampshire's beautiful countryside and shimmering seascapes. I never really saw things the same way again.
Hampshire’s chalky, flinty fields and gentle countryside unlocked memories of my childhood growing up in the Chilterns where I had been surrounded by books and artists. The change of scene coaxed me into signing up for an MA in Creative & Critical Writing with the University of Winchester and this gave me the confidence to write and illustrate.
I have published three books – one a collection of my own short stories available on Kindle
Runa’s Ghost & Other Stories was published in 2014 and I am working on bringing out my novella Salt Marsh House in Kindle and Paperback very soon.
Blessed Be – an illustrated walk through a year in the Hampshire countryside was written by my friend Lady May who asked me to illustrate it. Blessed Be started life as an online blog for a magazine and it took on a life of its own. The blog was published as a paperback in 2015. and inspired the Enchanted England illustrations that you see on this site and elsewhere.
The Hare & The Sword also by Lady May was published as a paperback in January 2018. It is a truly magical book and all these books are available to buy via this website.
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