Some have a great dream of life, and fall short of it.
Others have no dream, and also fall short of it.
Fernando Pessoa

Twice winner of the London Writers’ competition and a Hawthornden Fellow, Sue Hubbard was, in 1999, the Poetry Society’s first-ever Public Art Poet and created a number of site-specific poems for Birmingham’s jewellery quarter. In 2000 she was commissioned by the Arts Council and the BFI to create London’s biggest art poem at Waterloo’s IMAX and was writer-in-residence at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill during ArchiTEXT week in 2003. Her poems have been read on Radio 3 and Radio 4. She has contributed to many arts programmes including Kaleidoscope, Poetry Please, Night Waves and The Verb.

As co-founder of the Arts Council funded Blue Nose Poets (later Writers’ Inc) she ran readings and workshops at the Barbican and The Abbey, Sutton Courtney, Oxfordshire. She has taught creative writing at Arvon, Tate Britain and Tate St. Ives, The V&A, The Royal College of Art, Middlesex University, Kings College, London, Birmingham University, The Architectural Association, The Bartlett School of Architecture and Roche Court Sculpture Park. She has also read at many literary venues and festivals including Cambridge, Ilkely, Wirksworth, Kinsale (Ireland), Clifden (Ireland), Listowel Writers Week (Ireland), Port Elliot, Wells by the Sea, and The Dylan Thomas Centre.

Sue Hubbard is available for readings.

Three poems by Sue Hubbard from Writers Rebel (Extinction Rebellion), October 2022:

From World Poetry Tree, 2020:

Towards A Postmodern British-Jewish Identity: Contemporary Jewish Women’s Poetry in British Culture

BRIPORT PRIZE – It’s good news. My poem Hide and Seek  has been shortlisted in this year’s competition. There were 4,736 poetry entries this year and only 185 were shortlisted. That puts me in the top 4% of the competition!


2014 Whitby Poetry Festival. Joint winner with Helen Mort
2012 Shortlisted in Bridport Poetry Competition
2011 Shortlisted in Bridport Poetry Competition
2010 Runner up in Bridport Poetry Competition
2009 Shortlisted in Bridport Poetry Competition
2006 Shortlisted in the Cardiff Competition
2002 First Prize in the London Writers’ Competition
2000 in The National Poetry Competition
1999 First Prize in the London Writer’s Poetry Competition
1998 Shortlisted in Manchester Poetry Competition
1998 Shortlisted in Dulwich Poetry Competition
1997 Shortlisted in the TLS/Blackwell’s Poetry Competition
1995 Fourth Prize in the Cardiff Literature Competition
1994 Shortlisted in the Canterbury Poetry Competition
1994 Fourth Prize in the Peterloo Competition
1993 First Prize (tied) in the Lancaster Literature Festival
1991 Runner up in the Poetry Business Competition
1990 Runner up in the Poetry Business Competition
1988 Runner up in the Bridport Literature Competition


2009 Hawthornden Fellowship, Scotland
2006 Major Arts Council Literary Award
2006 Cial Rialaig Writers and Artists’ Residency
2005 Cial Rialaig Writers and Artists’ Residency
2000 Bursary at Writers’ and Translators’ Centre, Rhodes
2000 Writer in residence at De La Warr Pavilion
1999 Maeve Binchey Award, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre
1998 Yaddo, USA Ord Foundation Bursary
1997 Yaddo, USA
1997 Hawthornden Fellowship, Scotland
1996 Delfina Arts Trust, Spain


Earth Dreams – The Sunday Tribune
The Ice Ship – Mary Evans Picture Library
You – inksweatandtears.co.uk
Interview – The Wombwell Rainbow
National Poetry Day event, 4 October 2018
National Poetry Day
Be Not Afraid: An Anthology in Appreciation of Seamus Heaney
And soon… and other poems – The Punch Magazine
Eurydice set to music by Euchar Gravina
3 Quarks Daily – Sunday Poem
The Open Mouse – Clissold Park by Sue Hubbard
3 Quarks Daily – Wednesday Poem
Acumen Magazine – Two More Poems by Sue Hubbard
The Poetry Shed – World Suicide Prevention Day
Poet in the City Fragments – Text based Art
The Poetry Society: Sue Hubbard Over the Rainbow
The School of Life