About Saffron

Saffron (aka Phillippa Sauterel) is a Jamaican Swiss poet, porcelain artist, and marketing graduate. Born in Jamaica, she has lived alternately in both Switzerland and Jamaica, and also spent a few years in England. 


Her work has appeared in the anthologies Bearing Witness 2, and Bearing Witness 3, and several times in The Sunday Observer, Jamaica. She has also appeared in the Calabash Literary Festival’s anthologies: “So Much Things to Say: 100 Calabash Poets” and “Jubilation!”. She recently appeared in the eMagazine, Lucienne Lovelette The Art Magazine, and the Drawing Room Project’s “Fire Stick”, January 2015.


She won the 2006 Printemps de Poètes competition from the Alliance Française de la Jamaïque. 


Television performances include several appearances on Lyrically Speaking (TV) and Jamaica Magazine. Radio includes “Artistically Speaking” with Jean Small on Radio Mona.


Live performances include regular appearances at Harry’s Bar (where she co-created the poetry movement that started there), and at the Red Bones Blues Café in Kingston. She was a special guest poet at the Poetry Society of Jamaica in 2001.  She also represented The Poetry Society of Jamaica at the 2002 Calabash Literary Festival. Other performances include WomanSpirit in 2003 and KOTE (Kingston on the Edge) in 2008 at Bookophilia. In 2014 she read at the Drawing Room Project’s Writer’s Retreat, and at Bookophilia again.


She is a beneficiary of the Calabash Writer’s Workshop Fellowship series. Her first collection of poetry “Soft Flesh” was published in the 2005 Calabash chapbook series. She has finished her first manuscript and working on the second.


Other writing groups: Saffron is a member of the Geneva Writer’s Group and Pernessy Poets. Previously a member of the Drawing Room Project.