Sue made her first appearance at Folkstation in 2011 when she made an enormous contribution to the festival. One of the hardest working artists on the programme, she divided her time between running storytelling sessions, organising woodland walks and conducting children’s dressing up and storytelling. She will be arranging much of the programme of children’s activities for the 2012 festival.
Sue now works mainly on the Isle of Wight but she has lived a varied life, born and educated in Southampton, studied Microbiology at University, worked in Youth Hostels in the Peak District and Norfolk, taught in Kirkby in Merseyside for 7 years and lived in Wisconsin USA for three years.
She has appeared regularly at many of the Island’s annual festivals such as the Isle of Wight festival, Old Gaffers, Riverfest, and The Walking Festival. In a recent collaboration with local singer Cheryl Shepard, the two of them performed ‘Island Stories’ - songs and stories inspired by some of the 25 islands participating in the forthcoming NatWest Island Games. She runs storytelling workshops for all ages, adults and children, helping all to find their voice and develop their communication skills. More recently she has collaborated with Psychiatric worker Janet Dowling to run workshops on storytelling as a therapeutic tool.
Sue began the Island Storytellers group in 2007. This community group meets on a monthly basis to swap stories and promote oral storytelling for all ages. She has been instrumental in gaining funding and organising three storytelling festivals on the Island including ‘Ferry Tales’ in 2008 and ‘A mosaic of Words’ in 2010.