Sara Brown has been a High School teacher for twenty years and currently works full time in Rydal Penrhos School in North Wales, where she teaches English to ungrateful teenagers. She is the co-ordinator there for the International Baccalaureate Language and Literature, and Theory of Knowledge courses, and is overall supervisor for the final year students’ Extended Essay requirement. In addition to her teaching duties, she and her husband run one of the school boarding houses, which currently holds twenty-two teenage boys.
Besides her BA in English and History, Sara has a Masters degree in International History from the London School of Economics, for which she wrote a thesis on The Problem of the Gold Standard in International Politics and Economics in the Nineteenth Century. She has almost completed her Ph.D. in Literature at Salford University. Entitled Crossing the Line: Issues of Boundary and Liminality in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth Legendarium, the thesis examines Tolkien’s writing from an anthropological and environmental perspective, drawing on the theories of Julia Kristeva and Donna Haraway. Sara has given a number of lectures at various conferences on the topics of Tolkien, fantasy fiction and fandom, the latter being one of her guilty pleasures.