Welcome to Judi Sutherland’s website.
I was born in Stoke on Trent to Geordie parents, spent some time as a child in Northern Ireland, and since then have lived all over England from Sussex to Durham, as paid employment has dictated. I trained in Microbiology and Biochemistry at the Universities of Leeds and Nottingham respectively then pursued a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, developing new medicines.
I obtained my MA in Creative Writing in 2012 at Royal Holloway, University of London, where I was awarded the Margaret Hewson Prize. My poetry is mainly concerned with place and belonging, and I have an interest in landscape, history and mythology. My new book Following Teisa was written between 2014 and 2020, when I was living in Barnard Castle, County Durham.
I am currently living in Malahide, North County Dublin, Ireland, with my husband and two rescue cats, where I am writing poems about my new surroundings – Fingal – the Land of the Fair Strangers.
Following Teisa, a poetry journey down the River Tees, is available from my publisher The Book Mill or from Amazon, The Book Depository or Wordery.
My pamphlet of poems, entitled The Ship Owner’s House, is still available direct from me or from Vane Women Press.