Sue Wood lives in Halifax and has taught at universities in Australia, South Africa and Bradford. She has gained commendations in many national poetry competitions, won first prize in the Oxford Literary Festival, was a winner in the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition with her pamphlet Woman Scouring A Pot, and received the Cinnamon Press Award for Poetry in 2008 leading to the publication of her first poetry collection Imagine yourself to bewater (2009). Her long poem Mrs Pretty and the Ship Burial was performed alongside Katrina Porteous’ work at the Sutton Hoo Poetry Festival (2009) after publication in Dreamcatcher.
Sue ran the part-time Creative Writing programme at Bradford University, has been writer-in-residence at a Marie Curie Hospice, on the Acute Elderly Wards at Leeds General Infirmary and a writer/ facilitator for the Bronte Parsonage Museum. She works with the museums and galleries services as a workshop leader and runs The Creative Doctor as a module on Leeds University’s medical degree.
A poem from her collection was short-listed for Forward Best Single Poem and included in the Forward Anthology 2009. She won second prize in the 2013 Basil Bunting International Poetry Competition and was highly commended in the Charles Causley International Poetry Competition, 2014.
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