Sue Stewart’s background is as an award-winning poet, creative writing tutor in schools, colleges and universities, and Arts Council Literature Officer. She has given readings from her work at many venues including the South Bank, the Poetry Society, TV and radio, and has collaborated with painters, artists, artists' bookmakers and composers on cross-arts projects. She held the Creative Writing Fellowship at Stirling University and for 15 years was a member of the Council of Management of the Arvon Foundation.

Her publications, teaching and cross-arts collaborations are as follows:

Poetry collections

Book of Riddles, with woodcut illustrations by Jila Peacock, (forthcoming 2013)

Inventing the Fishes, Anvil Press Poetry, winner of the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize for Best First Collection. A selection of these poems can be found here

Book of Hours, Private Collection, 24 poems with illustrations by Celia Ward, exhibited at Poetry Society, London and Maas Gallery, London

Publications edited/compiled

The Founding of Arvon: A Memoir of the Early Years of the Arvon Foundation, by John Moat, Frances Lincoln

A World of Folk Tales, Scottish Cultural Press

Big World, Little World, Thomas Nelson

Anthologies in which work has appeared

Creative Writing in Health and Social Care, ed. Dr Fiona Sampson, Jessica Kingsley

At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners: a Multicultural Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, ed Ken Watson, St. Clair Press, Rozelle

The Spaces of Hope: Poetry for our times & places, selected poems from 30 years of publishing by Anvil Press Poetry Editor Peter Jay

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Anthology 1989-1998, Aldeburgh Poetry Prize

The Forward Book of Poetry 1995: a collection of the best poems of the year, Forward Publishing

Artists' Books with Poetry and Storytelling — a visual arts/literature collaboration curated by Meg Campbell on the theme My Grandmother, My Mother, Myself with 16 women poets, storytellers and artists, featured on BBC Woman's Hour, and toured galleries in England, Wales and South Africa

Blue Nose Anthology, Blue Nose Poets

Taking Reality by Surprise: Writing for Pleasure and Publication, The Women's Press

Delighting the Heart: A Notebook by Women Writers, The Women's Press

Four Ways, Phoenix Press


Acumen, Arvon Foundation Journal, Blind Serpent, Critical Survey, Grand Piano, Illuminations, The Independent, London Magazine, Orbis, Other Poetry, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Matters, Poetry Nottingham, Poetry Review, Prospice, Resurgence, South West Review, Strawberry Fare, The Times Literary Supplement, Verse, Virtue Without Terror and The Women's Review

Children's publications

Compiled Big World, Little World, a green anthology of poetry and prose for 7-14 year olds, published by Thomas Nelson. Poems for children have also been published in anthologies by Collins Educational, Heinemann Educational, Pan Macmillan, Puffin/Viking Fantail, Puffin/Viking Kestrel, Longman, Orchard Books, Scholastic Publications, Usborne, Thomas Nelson, Belair Publications and in other countries

Teaching and related work

Poetry tutor, St Crispin Village, ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Richmond Village, Northampton; Associate Artist, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton; various Cultural Olympiad projects; Creative Writing Fellowship, Stirling University; poet in residence, BBC Radio Nottingham; poetry tutor in over 300 schools, adult education and community settings in the Arts Council South East and East Midlands regions.

Cross-arts collaborations

Has collaborated with painters, artists, artists' bookmakers and composers including Celia Ward, Jila Peacock, Meg Campbell and Paul Ayres. Her work with Celia Ward has included Book of Hours (see Poetry collections above), a sequence of poems and paintings on the theme of Genesis (some of which were included in Inventing the Fishes, see Poetry collections above) and a new collaboration on Romanian Masques. Currently working, with artist Jila Peacock, on an artists' book involving riddles and illustrative woodcuts.