Welcome to Shedwriting. 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!


Don’t put it off. Procrastination is an art form but it really does get in the way.

A Tiny Story

Size isn’t everything. Here’s my teeny flash fiction piece, recently published in Books Ireland. It’s a love story with freckles included….

The Fog

It got me in the end. We’re not out of the woods yet, and it’s foggy out there. But words will bring clear skies…

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Watch & Listen

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 blog posts in audio format and some poetry readings too. Make yourself a cuppa, press play and take three or four minutes 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.

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’