About Me

Welcome to Judi Sutherland’s writing site.

I’m a poet and novelist who works in biotechnology. 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 and secretary of the local Labour Party branch. I’m also the proprietor of The Stare’s Nest, a webzine of poetry with a political and social conscience.

My poems have been published in a range of magazines and also appear in Black Light Engine Room’s Dark Matter VI chapbook, which I share with Lancastrian poet, Jim Burns.

 

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Middlesbrough and York

Today, a video clip or two for you to enjoy. We had a launch for the Dark Matter 6 chapbook at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough on 27th February, and there is a recording of me reading some of my poems here:

Judi at the Black Light Engine Room

Also on the same night, the great Jim Burns read a few poems although most of them weren’t in his half of the chapbook…  Huge thanks to P.A.Morbid for editing and printing the chapbooks and organising the launch. I’ve got a few of the chapbooks left if anybody wants one…

And shortly after that, I found that my poem ‘Lutyens on Jekyll’ was Highly Commended in the York Literature Festival poetry competition. Which was lovely and very cheering. Several of my friends were there among the commended and highly commended, and we had a great day in York at the award ceremony, listening to some stunning poems and generally hanging out together. Many thanks to Carole Bromley for organising and judging the competition. Here’s the lovely Newcastle poet, Jane Burn, who was also in the Highly Commended group. We got the same train down to York and stopped for tea and cake at Betty’s.

 

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