Sue Burge is a poet, creative writing and film studies tutor and writing mentor based in North Norfolk. Sue taught English, literature, cultural studies, film and creative writing for over twenty years at the University of East Anglia. Since 2007 she has been a freelance tutor specialising in Film Studies and Creative Writing Courses. A fully qualified teacher, Sue has experience teaching a wide range of groups both in the UK and abroad. She was an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing for the Open University for many years. Sue was the Education Officer for King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club for seven years and is a regular tutor for the WEA (Workers Education Association). She created and taught intensive short courses on film for the Picturehouse Cinema in Cambridge, Cinema City in Norwich, the University of Zurich and the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterhur, Switzerland for many years.
Sue runs a wide variety of writing courses in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Some of these are special one-day pop-ups in interesting venues (Cambridge Botanic Gardens, The Fitzwilliam Museum, King’s Lynn Ferry, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Holkham Hall). There are also regular face-to-face courses running over six or eight weeks. Sue also offers The Writing Cloud, an e-mail subscription service where you can sign up for monthly prompts and get feedback on any writing you generate. She is an experienced mentor and has brought many interesting writing projects to fruition.
Although she has had short stories published, Sue is primarily a poet and her poetry can be found in a wide range of magazines and anthologies. Her first collection, In The Kingdom of the Shadows, will be published this year by Live Canon. Thanks to the generosity of the Arts Council, Sue was able to spend time in Paris in 2016 where she created a body of work exploring her personal relationship with Paris, as well as its cinematic and literary legacy. The resulting pamphlet Lumière, is forthcoming with Hedgehog Press. You can find out more on Sue’s writing, travels and projects on her blog Poet by the Sea — cinema, poetry, café culture and all things watery.
Sue was a regular review writer for the Eastern Daily Press on events during the King’s Lynn Festival. She writes poetry reviews for Mslexia Max and is a Reader for Valley Press. Sue is currently Holkham Hall’s pop-up Poet-in-Residence and will appear in various rooms and parts of the park and garden over the summer, writing poetry in response to the Hall’s history and legacy.
Sue is a Professional Member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and a regular presenter at their annual conferences. She is on the editorial board of NAWE’s Writing in Education magazine.