Welcome to Shedwriting. Come on in, I’m glad you’re here.

I’m Susan, living in Northern Ireland with lovely husband, Chris. A while ago we ran off in a van to travel around Scandinavia and Western Europe for a whole year. Bliss. Now back on solid ground and excited about sharing big thoughts in this small world.

Also excited to be working with a talented editor on my travel and health memoir – watch this space, it’s with my agent as we speak.

And if you like what you see and read, you can now buy me a cuppa! Click the button below and THANK YOU for your support, it means a lot x

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What are you putting out there? Can we really control our destiny? Say it and it’ll happen…


“Just say what you want and it’ll happen.”  Since a 2020 TikTok trend (of course) involving ‘putting stuff out there into the universe’ we’ve all been talking about manifesting things to make them happen in our lives. It’s pseudo science, no doubt, but as with most trends there’s something intriguing about it.  I’ve always believed …

Good For You

Can we say ‘good for you’ and mean it? Tricky as it is to find joy in someone else’s success, it’s worth it. Bring on the freudenfreude please. It’s delicious.

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A Face for Radio

Since reading out some great poetry as a lockdown activity and sharing it online I keep getting requests to do more things with microphones. So here’s a collection of some poetry readings and some older blog posts in audio format too. Make yourself a cuppa, press play and take a minute or two to breathe and think. Enjoy!

As the tagline suggests I have thoughts now and again. So it seems appropriate that I can now share them with the nation now and again as a contributor on Thought for the Day with Radio Ulster.

A Year of the Tree at my Bedroom Window
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
Missing God by Dennis O’Driscoll
Multi-tasking is not fun
Nobody’s perfect.
Pressing the snooze button one more time.
Finding awe in unexpected places.
Blink and you’ll miss it.
I love jigsaws. There, I’ve said it.
Be quiet. I’m wintering.
Prickly thorns and tinsel.
How embarrassing!
Lost by David Wagoner
Books, books and more books
Old oak trees, roots, faith.
Time ticking and birthdays.
‘Now the Wolf is in the Cul-de-Sac’ by Wendy Pratt
Ted Hughes ‘Wind’