About Me

Welcome to Judi Sutherland’s writing site.

I’m a poet and novelist living in beautiful Teesdale, County Durham. After taking redundancy in 2011, I studied for an MA in Poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2014 I relocated from Oxfordshire to Barnard Castle, County Durham, with my husband, Frank (who works for a pharma company) and two Battersea rescue cats, Socks and Zoe.

I’m a town councillor in Barnard Castle. I’m also the proprietor of The Stare’s Nest, a webzine of poetry with a political and social conscience.

A pamphlet of poems, entitled The Ship Owner’s House, is due for publication by Vane Women Press in April 2018.


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Plans Afoot.

The pamphlet is going to the printer’s! Here’s the lovely cover, front and back, made by Pat Maycroft. I am so pleased with the sea monster on the back cover (I will love him and squeeze him and call him Brexit). The words are from my editor, Jackie Litherland.

So far there are plans to read at the following events:

T-Junction festival – Middlesbrough, 25th – 29th April. LAUNCH EVENT!

Hexham Book Fair – Sunday  6th May

Darlington Arts Festival – 26th May

Crossing the Tees Book Festival – June

I’ll update the details when I have them.

Have pamphlet – will travel. So if there’s a poetry gig or festival near you that needs a reader, please mention it to me. I’d love to share my poems with you.


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