Paul Sutherland

Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
Literary Fiction, Performance Poetry, Poetry, Writing for Children

Writer Biography

Paul Sutherland, Canadian-British poet, arrived in the UK in 1973. He has seven collections and has edited seven others. He is the founding editor of Dream Catcher a distinguished national-international journal in its 23rd issue (a Special Edition featuring Canadian Authors)

A notable performer, he’s read his poetry in public over a hundred fifty times. He attends festivals and leads workshops in creative writing for all ages and abilities. His poems have appeared in journals and newspapers and anthologies; recently, in Sama Ghazal Salaam UK an anthology of Islamic-inspired contemporary British poetry and in The Mantle Adorned, an anthology in Praise of the Prophet and in the Brownsbank Anthology celebrating the life of poet Hugh MacDiarmid and poems appeared in Contemporary Literary Horizon Anthology (in English and Romanian). His Tennyson inspired poems (2009) were displayed at Alford Manor House as part of the events commemorating the poet’s bi-centenary.

In the same year a poem of his was selected for Writing Your Self, (edited by Myra Schneider and John Killick,). He’s collaborated with calligrapher Mick Paine to produce a collection of his poems, ‘Selected Ben Nicholson Miniatures’ in two art books. Since turning freelance (2004), he’s been involved in a range of literary based projects and events promoting his writing. Also in late 2004 he ‘reverted’ to become a practicing Sufi Muslim and adopted the name Abdul Wadud.

He has a pamphlet Spires and Minarets just out from Sunk Island Publishing, 2010 and another collection Intimacies (Nunny Books) is planned for 2011. He won the 2008 Nassau Review (US) Poetry Prize for best poem submitted to the journal and came 2nd in the English Association Poetry Prize 2009 and was highly commended in the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition in the same year.


Selected Publications

2011, Intimacies, forth-coming from Nunny Books, collection of PS’s poems

2010, Spires and Minarets, collection of PS’s poetry, Sunk Island Publishing

2010 April Renga, collaboration with Driftnet Poets, Wellhouse Publishing

2008 Art books, Selected Ben Nicholson Miniatures: PS’s poems with calligraphy in collaboration with letterer/ calligrapher Mick Paine

2004 Holy Week Sequence (T.C. Parry Press) collection of PS’s poems

2004 Seven Earth Odes (Endpapers Press) collection of PS’s poetry

2000 Mid Atlantic (CD) PS’s poems with musician Graeme Scott

Contributed To

2011, Anthology, Contemporary Literary Horizon, in English and Romanian translation.

2009, The Mantle Adorned, contributor, Poems in Praise of the Prophet, The Quilliam Press.

2009, Sama Ghazal Salaam UK, Persian, Arabian, Islamic and UK inspired poetry. Anthology contributor, Electraglade/Shutter Books

2008 Lincolnshire Anthology, Hang on to Your Hollyhocks, editor/ contributor Druidhill Publishing

2007 Anthology, Pendulum (Avalanche Books) 4 PS’s poems

2007 Spires and Steeples ( Arts NK) Commissioned to write poems for this anthology.

2006 Anthology, Haiku, (Wolds Words (Literature) Festival)

2006 Anthology, Tales of the Fox (CD) (Leeds Trinity and All Saints College)

2006 Anthology, North Yorkshire One Nine Nine (Sutton Press)

2005 Tundra Gap, editor/ contributor (Dream Catcher Books)

2005 International Other Voices, website

Performances & Workshops

Over 150 readings internationally of his own poetry. Some highlights: Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield; Neo Cafe, Cockermouth; Borders in Oxford and Oxford St, London Borders Inverness; Poetry Festival, Bristol; Borders, Glasgow and Edinburgh; Word Power, Edinburgh; Lincoln Book Festival; Wolds Words Festival; Bradford, Beehive Poets; Sticky Bun Poets, Sheffield; Nehru Centre, London; Poetry Cafe, Salisbury; Borders, Cambridge; Derby Arts Centre; The Flux Gallery, Leeds; Blue Bell Cafe, Penrith; Amnesty International event, Newcastle; Edinburgh Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality; Edinburgh Book Festival fringe; Art Bar, Toronto, Canada; Imagine House, Jacksonville, Ill, USA; LS 6 Cafe Leeds; Nunsthorpe Library Grimsby; Lit Live, Canada; Northern Scotland, guest of Scottish Arts Council; York Literature Festival, York, Borders with Jackie Kay; London Irish Centre, Asia House, London, Soho Cafe, London; Lauderdale House, London; Portico Cafe, Lincoln; Usher Gallery Cafe, Lincoln and also at Bolton College, Bradford College and at Leeds Trinity University College.

Some Workshops
Poetry Mentoring (2009-2011) increased one to one work/ tutoring/ mentoring
with paying clients, monthly sessions, arranged with complete flexibility

Co Tutoring Residential Workshops:
2009 co-leads 3 day residential writers retreat as part of Wolds Words Festival.
2010 leads five day poetry retreat at Greetham in the Lincolnshire Wolds, no public funding
ages varied from 20s’ to 60s’. Excellent feedback and contacts, follow on retreats planned

Sessional Tutor, CG Partnership, Gainsborough 2010, at Foundry Learning Centre,
2 courses: Spring and in Autumn, age range from 20s – 60s’

Workshop leader: e.g. University of Lincoln 2010,Wigan Words Festival, Asia House (London) 2010, Driftnet Poets, Grimsby 2006-09; Lit Com Festival (2008, 2010) Lincolnshire County Council, Lincoln Book Festival 2004-2007 Creative Writing walks around the old city. Workshops at Wolds Words Festival in 2008-2010. Edinburgh Middle Eastern Spirituality Festival 2008, Off the Shelf, Sheffield, 2005, Leeds Trinity Uni-College 2008-2011, Dream Catcher workshop York, 1998-2010, Wordsworth Trust, workshop on publishing 2005. Workshops in every district of Lincs (2001 – 2010).

Writer in Residence, 2007 North Kesteven District Council, Spires and Steeples project. Published Anthology resulted.

Writer in Residence, Lincoln Book Festival, 2004
Editor. Girls Friendly Society Platform, Skegness. 2004-05.
Out of the Shadows an anthology performed & toured from vulnerable young women.

Writer in Residence. Louth Literature Festival: Wolds Words 2004, Blackbird Flies
Disabled Adults Theatre Group. Performance. Poetic drama for many voices.
Writer in Residence. Whisby Nature, Park, Lincoln. 2001-04 10 workshops.
Writing, Editing and publishing Tundra Gap. All ages and abilities involved.

Prizes & Awards

2009, Commended in the Aesthetica International Poetry Competition

2009, Second place in the English Association Poetry Prize

2008 Won the competition for best poem in 2008 submitted
to the Nassau Review (US literature journal)

2008 Awarded a grant to develop freelance career, website and writer’s pack from East Midlands Business Ltd

2008 CD Mid Atlantic (see publication list) accepted for the Sound Blast, a Poetry Book Society and Apples and Snakes collaborative retail website

2007 Accepted on Lincolnshire Creative Solution Initiatives programme, went on to win extra funds to develop writing skills: attending W.B Yeats Summer School in Slago, Ireland; Residential Course at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and an Arvon Course at The Hurst in Shosphire, by invitation.

2006 First and second places in the Wolds Words haiku competition

2004 Arts Council of England, Grants for the Arts, to develop freelance career and work with disabled adults (Blackbird Flies) to create a performance piece.

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    Personal Profile

    I invest in new ideas and potentials; in workshops courageously engage with groups and/or individuals from diverse cultures and faiths, (ranging from children, young people and older people, with varying abilities); I tutor and mentor other writers or those aspiring to be writers; effective working in a team, in collaboration or on my own, flexible and responsive, caring, empathetic and supportive, seek necessary advice, learn from mistakes, a focused decision-maker, pursuing excellence in writing, in editing, in reading, performance and publishing.

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    My Work

    Spires and Minarets
    Publisher: Sunk Island Publishing

    Websites, blogs and links to work

    Website of the journal I founded and have edited for 15 years

    Publisher's website

    Personal writing webiste