Sarah E Doig

BMus (Hons), DipLib




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I grew up in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, leaving to study music at university. I also have a postgraduate qualification in Librarianship & Information Studies. After a twenty-year career in the Foreign Office, I moved back to Suffolk, and made a radical shift to being self-employed.

Local history research and writing takes up the majority of my time. My passion is for writing readable and accessible local history, aimed at enthusing and informing those who simply want to know more about the places in which they live or the counties and towns they visit. Since 2013, I have had eleven local history books published. Details of these and of some of the magazine articles I have written can be found on the relevant website page.

Over the years, I have also built up considerable expertise in self-publishing, including typesetting and book production.

I am an established and popular speaker on the East-Anglian circuit. I give talks to a wide range of organisations, including history societies, U3A groups, Probus clubs and Women’s Institute. A complete list of the talks I currently offer can be found on the relevant website page.

I am a trustee and current Chair of the Friends of Suffolk Archives. I am also on the Council of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History.

I combine all these activities with my professional music-making. I perform across East Anglia and further afield.


My latest book is a biography of the self-taught archaeologist, Basil Brown, who discovered the Great Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo.

You can buy a signed copy of this book, as well as signed copies of all my other books by visiting my WRITING page.