Sarah Maguire was born in London, England on March 26, 1957. She received a degree in English at the University of East Anglia. She was a poet and translator. Her collections of poetry included Spilt Milk, The Invisible Mender, and The Pomegranates of Kandahar. She also edited the anthology Flora Poetica. In 1996, she was the first writer to be sent by the British Council to Palestine. Once she returned to the United Kingdom, she began translating contemporary Arabic poetry. Sarah translated works by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, the Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, and the Afghan poet Naderi Partaw. In 2004, Maguire founded the Poetry Translation Centre at London University, which aims to introduce new audiences to leading poets from around the world. She died from breast cancer on November 2, 2017 at the age of 60.