Sue Wootton

Sue Wootton
Photo by Doug Lilly
Sue Wootton is an award-winning New Zealand writer whose previous publications include three collections of poetry — Hourglass, Magnetic South and By Birdlight — and a children’s book called Cloudcatcher. Sue has held the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. Some of her work has been translated into Spanish, Vietnamese, Romanian and Hungarian. Out of Shape, an artisan set of Sue’s poems, hand printed by Canberra hand press printer Caren Florance of Ampersand Duck (, is forthcoming in early 2013.

The story ‘The Happiest Music on Earth’ was a runner up in the 2010 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award. ‘Icy Noctiluca’ was short listed for the 2011 Royal Society Manhire Science Writing prize.

You can read ‘Beyond Pluto’, another story by Sue, in Slightly Peculiar Love Stories (Rosa Mira Books 2011).

Interview with Sue about her stories and writing.

May 2013, Sue gained second-equal placing in the Hippocrates Open International Prize for Poetry and Medicine with her poem ‘Wild’.

Further information is available on her website,