Sue is a Derry-based writer but, hailing originally from Armagh, can’t quite classify herself a ‘Derry Girl.’ With a Masters in Peace and Conflict studies and a ‘day job’ in Community Relations/Peace building for over fifteen years, Sue’s writing often touches on diversity and reconciliation in today’s Northern Ireland.
In 2018, she was selected for the Irish Writers Centre X-Borders project and her short stories appeared in the Honest Ulsterman and Funny Pearls. Her flash fiction has recently been published in The Bangor Literary Journal, Mslexia and The Bramley (Armagh Flash Fiction). She’s also written youth democracy resources for local councils and (from her former days in teaching) a NI GCSE Citizenship textbook for Hodder & Stoughton.
Her first YA novel, GUARD YOUR HEART, was shortlisted for the 2019 Caledonia Novel Award, was a Finalist in the Irish Novel Fair 2019 and was longlisted in the Mslexia Children’s Novel Award. The novel was inspired by the desire to tug hearts and minds into empathising that wherever it takes place, and in whatever form, building reconciliation can be a fragile process, and a courageous risk. GUARD YOUR HEART will be published by Macmillan Children’s Books in Spring 2021.