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 early in 2018.


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The Ship Owner’s House

A lovely thing has happened. After ten years writing poetry, I’m going to have my first solo pamphlet published early in 2018. Jackie Litherland and the wise Vane Women, who do so much to support women poets in the North East, have agreed to publish my work and we’ve been polishing a set of poems to include. If there is a theme, it’s disorientation, belonging, and what we mean by home; and it was born out of my move from the south of England to the north, and the many moves I’ve made in my life which were pretty much all necessitated by work. Anyway, here’s the cover, featuring a photo of the Last House on Holland Island, which sank into Chesapeake Bay in 2010. Despite that American reference my book is focused on England, plus a couple of poems about Northern Ireland.There are also steampunk birds, historical figures, red kites, a plane crash and a walk along a canal towpath. I’m excited about the prospect of introducing my poems to the world.
Cover design is adapted from an image by baldeaglebluff, used and licensed under CCBY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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