“Sue Rose’s poems are at once lyrical and truthful in their exploration of the difficult transitions in life, and in the intricate relations between daughters and parents, illicit lovers, the bereaved and those they’ve lost. Her filmic eye captures intimate moments and minute details with great precision and formal grace.”
“Often in Sue Rose’s poems, light turns out to contain darkness and vice versa... in ‘Making a Gem’ the ashes of a married couple ‘his and hers, light and dark/perhaps’ combine, shaped by heat, and form a diamond. Words too, carrying their freight of different meanings and associations - ‘travelling light’, ‘the dark room of childhood’ - combine, becoming what they always had it in them to be.”
Sue Rose is a widely-published, award-winning poet and translator whose work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. In 2009 she won the prestigious Troubadour Poetry Prize and, in 2008, the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year competition. She has also been commended or placed in competitions such as the National, the Peterloo and the Wigtown. She is a founder member of Scatterlings, a group of poets formed to give readings in the south-east and beyond.