International Audio Arts Festival
April 4th-7th 2019
Sarah Blake is a multi-award winning documentary maker and producer.
Sarah has been producing radio for the past 10 years, across RTÉ Lyric fm, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2FM. During her time in Lyric, Sarah was the founding producer of Lyric’s contemporary and experimental music programme ‘Nova’ with Bernard Clarke.
Sarah graduated from the European Broadcasting Union Masterschool in Radio Features in 2009 before joining the Documentary on One Unit the same year. In 2011, Sarah was awarded funding by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, to travel to The Gambia, West Africa, to follow the Gambia Ireland Volunteers in Education project, which sends retired Irish teachers to the country to provide training and mentoring for their local counterparts. The resulting documentary, ‘Old School, School, New School’, went on to win the 'Best Media Broadcast' at the 2012 Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (MAMA). In 2012, her documentary ‘Olivia’s Farm’ was a finalist in the 2012 Agricultural Journalism Awards’; ‘Maurice - A Final Journey’ was awarded Gold in the Best Documentary Category at the PPI Radio Awards, and Best Investigative Radio Documentary at the Association for International Broadcasting Awards.
Sarah is passionate about sharing her craft with other radio makers, and as part of the Documentary on One Team provides production supervision to independent documentary makers, as well as training at the biennial Documentary on One Seminar Weekend.
Sarah is a native of Limerick and holds a B.A. in Music from Trinity College Dublin and an M.A. in Music Technology from the University of Limerick. When she's not producing radio, you'll find her working on her other love, quilting!