About

Susan Taylor started writing poetry seriously as soon as she left school at sixteen to work as a partner on her family's farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Short lyric poems would arise fully formed when she was out in the fields and she was fortunate she had the ability to retain them in her mind until she could put pen to paper in the evening. 

 

Eventually, the writing life drew her away from the farm and she married fellow poet, Simon Williams. The couple moved to North Devon to co-direct the Arvon Foundation Centre for Creative Writing at Totleigh Barton near Sheepwash. When they left Totleigh Barton, they settled on Dartmoor and brought up their two sons there. Susan is active on the South West poetry scene, being a founding member of Moor Poets, and two further writing groups.

 

A wide-ranging selection of Susan’s poetry appears in her fourteen different titles, including three collections from Oversteps Books. She also has a track record of publication in anthologies and magazines. The full list appears in her CV.

Her most up-to-date successes are poems in anthologies from Avalanche Books, Eithon Bridge, Extinction Rebellion Oxford, Grey Hen Press,  Indigo Dreams, Wolverhampton Poetry Festival Anthology and also, most recently, in the Haiflu series of films from Hip Yak Poetry.

Recent performance work includes headlining at Words and Jazz in North London, Bee Fiesta in Winchester, and her recently released solo poetry show, La Loba Enchanting the Wild at Glas-Denbury Arts Festival. She is part of the Poets 4 the Planet show, Interbeings.

Other recent work includes tutoring three poetry weeks at The Garsdale Retreat in Cumbria,
judging the Teignmouth Festival Local Competition, and various editing roles, including the PLAY anthology, published by her in-house imprint, Paper Dart Press.

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Bring flowers on this winter night

where all the garden sleeps

                                beneath its leaves

I ache for the sweet of petal...