ABOUT

Sue Burge is a North Norfolk based poet.   She has been a freelance creative writing and film studies tutor and writing mentor since 2007.   Previously, Sue taught English, literature, cultural studies, film and creative writing for over twenty years at the University of East Anglia.   A fully qualified teacher, Sue has taught 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, the Education Officer for King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club for seven years and was 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.

Sue runs a wide variety of writing courses in East Anglia.   Many 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).   Face-to-face courses, workshops and retreats are also on offer.   She is an experienced mentor and has brought many interesting writing projects to fruition.   During the recent pandemic Sue offered on-line courses via Zoom and e-mail and is continuing to add these to her course offerings as well as new face-to-face courses.   Sue also teaches for the Poetry School.

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, was published in 2018 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 (Hedgehog Poetry Press) was also published in 2018.   Sue’s second pamphlet, The Saltwater Diaries, came out with Hedgehog Poetry Press in September 2020. Her second full collection, Confetti Dancers, was published in April 2021 with Live Canon.   Sue’s third pamphlet, watch it slowly fade, is forthcoming with Hedgehog Poetry Press.   You can find out more about Sue’s publications and how to purchase them here.

Sue regularly performs her work both in the UK and in France and Portugal.   She has been featured poet at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and King’s Lynn Poetry Festival as well as Café Writers (Norwich), Jurnet’s (Norwich), Ver Poets (St Alban’s), Volta (Norwich), Fen Speak (Ely), Lynn Speak (King’s Lynn), Saltmarsh Poets (North Norfolk) Spoken World On-line, Spoken Word at Au Chat Noir (Paris) and Paris Lit Up at Culture Rapide (Paris).   She has performed a commissioned work at the Cinema Museum in Kennington as well as headlining at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden.

Sue regularly blogs about her travels, projects and encounters at 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 and is a Professional Member of the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).   She was on the editorial board of NAWE’s Writing in Education magazine for many years.

Sue is Contributing Editor for Writing Advice and Literary News at Word City Literary Journal.   This new on-line journal is a multi-genre monthly, publishing flash fiction, poetry, short fiction, folktales, book reviews, interviews, literary arts news and global opportunities.   This project is founded on the values of promoting writing, diversity, dialogue, literary arts exchange and global tolerance.