SUE LEWIS is an award-winning South London poet who has been published in The Fenland Reed, Blithe Spirit, Morley Magazine, and Southbank Poetry. She was short listed in the Morley Arts Festival Poetry competition in 2018 and was winner of the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition in 2019. In 2020 her work appeared in the Covid-19 pandemic anthology Beyond the Storm, which raised money for NHS charities. 
Her debut pamphlet Texture was published in March 2020. According to the competition judge, Ian Gregson, Texture ‘is remarkable for the way its apparently casual free verse allows powerful images and themes to spill over themselves across its line endings…Its directness is exhilarating.’ Texture is available from the publisher at or online from Amazon, Blackwell’s, The Book Depository or Waterstones.
Loose the smouldering arrow:
start the fire.
While the prey-birds circle,
drench my pyre with
precious oils and
let me
blaze once more.
Sue has just completed her MA in Creative Writing with the Open University. She is a member of the British Haiku Society and the Second Light network and reads regularly with Croydon’s Poets Anonymous and Sutton’s Words Aloud. She is fascinated by early music, is learning to play the recorder, practises tai chi and qigong and loves to walk through both urban and rural landscapes.