Biography


Multi award winning poet SUE GERRARD has published six collections of poetry, two local history books and one collection of ghost stories plus one spoken word cassette called ‘Word of Mouth.’

Sue has had more than 80 poems published in national anthologies and is the Poet in Residence at St. Helens College, where she lectures in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in leading poetry magazines as well as general publications such as ‘She’ and ‘Lancashire Life.’

Sue was the winner of the national ‘American Bicentennial Poetry Competition’, ‘The Bridge Arts Centre (Widnes) Poetry Competition’ and she was awarded The Adrian Cowell Special Award in ‘The Ormskirk Writers and Literary Club Poetry Competition.’

She was Highly Commended in the ‘Chiltern Writers Group Open Competition’, the ‘United Kingdom Alliance Poetry Competition’, the ‘Beehive Poetry Competition’ and the ‘Shrewsbury Poets Poetry Competition.’ She also won third prize in the ‘Castle Writers Open Poetry Competition’ and was Highly Commended in the ‘Strokestown International Poetry Competition’ satirical section in 2005.

In 2009 she reached the last 25 out of 600 entries in ‘The Big Issue National Poetry Competition’ and won ‘The Ouse Valley November National Poetry Competition.’ She has recently been short listed in the ‘Countryside Tales Autumn Competition.’

Her poems have been broadcast regularly on Radio Merseyside, Radio City and Radio Piccadilly. Sue’s poetry has been featured on Manchester Live Television .

Sue has read her own work at numerous venues throughout the country including The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (with The National Poetry Society), The Warrington Festival, The Edinburgh Folk Festival and The Bolton Festival. She has also appeared at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

In 2007 Sue premiered her new show ‘Poetry in Motion – A Journey’ at the Leigh and Wigan Words Festival and later presented it as a pre- festival event at the St. Helens Arts Festival. She performed the second show in the series ‘Poetry in Motion – the Journey Continues…’ in 2008 and the third show at the St. Helens Poetry Fest and St. Helens Arts Festival in 2009. Her latest show ‘Choices’ was performed at the above festivals in 2010. She has recently presented a special evening of poetry to celebrate National Poetry Day on their theme of ‘Home.’

As part of The Poet and the Painter Sue has staged 35 exhibitions throughout the North West including art galleries in Manchester and Liverpool .The work was featured on Radio Merseyside and Manchester Live Television.

Sue has co-written a musical play “The Childe of Hale” which has toured the North West including The Bury Festival. Sue also writes short stories which have been broadcast on Radio Merseyside and Radio Hallam, won national competitions and been published in anthologies.

Her latest collection of poetry ‘The Journey Continues…’ was published in 2008 and led to Sue being short listed in the inaugural St. Helens Cultural Awards 2009 and was nominated again in 2010 and short listed for her work as Performance Director of the Poetry Fest . Sue is available for readings, performances and workshops.