Sue Hardy-Dawson

Children's author, Illustrator, Poet, YA author

Sue Hardy-Dawson
Booking enquiry

Available for

Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop



To contact me: email: Home Tel: 01423 502 857 mobile: 07817841598


  • Adult
  • Age 16 to 18+ (College)
  • Age 5 to 7 (KS1)
  • Age 7 to 11 (KS2)
  • Age 11 to 14 (KS3)
  • Age 14 to 16 (KS4)


  • Long Listed for The North Somerset Teachers Book Award 2017
  • Where Zebras Go shortlisted for CliPPA 2018


I'm a Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator, and have been widely published in children’s poetry anthologies. Before becoming a poet I had worked with children for over twenty years. In 2014 I was highly commended for the Manchester Writing for Children Prize. I also have an Open First Class Honours Degree in Creative Writing, Literature and Supporting Teaching and Learning.

When not writing or drawing I love to visit schools and also have been commissioned to provide workshops for the Prince of Wales Foundation for Children and the Arts. I have dyslexia and take a special interest in encouraging reluctant readers and writers. My first collection 'Where Zebras Go' is now out with Otter-Barry Books: 2nd of February 2017. A second collection with Poetry Ambassadors Roger Stevens and Liz Brownlee 'Apes to Zebras' an A to Z of Shape Poems is due out 22nd March 2018 with Bloomsbury.


A typical day would start with a 30 minute poetry performance in the hall to introduce myself to everyone before any talks or workshops.

Year 3-6: 7-11 Talks and Workshops

Workshops: ideally would be a minimum of 50-60 minutes, per class

My workshops are usually multisensory and aimed at getting children to think more abstractly. I will need either a CD player or similar facility on a computer.

Talks: 30-60 minutes depending on the ages of children and allowing time for some questions.

Talks will cover writing a poem from first draft to final piece/shape poems. Being a poet/illustrator. I prefer to work with individual classes if possible so I can show them actual examples and make it more fun and informal. However, I can also do this as a PowerPoint presentation for a larger group with prior arrangement.

I’m happy to stay behind after school to meet parents/sell/sign my books if they have been told of my visit in advance. I can provide a book order form if required.

Charges: £250 for a full day plus travel expenses. I'm happy to quote an all-in price if preferred. 


Sue Hardy Dawson’s debut collection is a celebration of the magic of language. Playful yet sensitive, it is sure to challenge, amuse and enchant its reader. CLPE Award winner Rachel Rooney:

‘One of my favourite poets. A brilliant collection. Up there with the very best.’ Founder of the Poetry Zone Roger Stevens

‘Sue's poems are objects of heartfelt beauty and artistry, and her workshops are inspirational in encouraging students to access their creativity and imaginations.’ Award winning poet and Educator Joshua Seigal:

Sue Hardy-Dawson's poems are lyrical and surprising - she builds new worlds with words.  Whether funny or sad they never fail to be interesting as she uses language to engage and delight. She is also an experienced educator and workshop leader. What's not to like?Poet, Educator and Fiction writer Jan Dean

‘Sue Hardy Dawson is the most poetic of poets -  she uses a language rarely seen in children’s poetry today and intersperses this with such original ideas that she is fast becoming one of the freshest and most exciting voices on the scene.’ Poet, Musician and Poetry Postie Sally Crabtree


Sue worked with us during our school poetry week and it was a real hit with the children.  She happily worked from Year One through to Year Six, capturing and engaging them at an appropriate level in the workshops that she delivered. Her enthusiasm and passion for her work and children’s writing came through in the practical activities in which the children used their senses to create their own poems. She also made a fantastic judge critiquing performance poetry throughout the school as a culmination to Poetry week.

Thank you Sue for an inspirational learning experience for the children at Willow Tree.

Willow Tree Community Primary School, Yorkshire, UK

Sue visited Rossett School for a Poetry Workshop with our Creative Writing and Book Groups. Our students loved hearing her poems and the inspiration for them. Sue got everybody crafting their own poems inspired by objects she’d brought with her. Despite the workshop having a mix of ages and abilities she created a very supportive and encouraging atmosphere and her gentle approach was a great success. She showed us different ways of thinking about the objects and everyone had a go and created some lovely poetry. It was great to hear how Sue works and very encouraging for aspiring writers to hear of her success. The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and we would love Sue to visit us again.

Rosset School Library, Yorkshire, UK


I have been widely published in children’s anthologies including Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Oxford University and A&C Black. Where Zebras Go is my first solo collection 2017 with Otter-Barry Books and Has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018. 'Apes to Zebras' an A to Z of Shape Poems is a book with myself, and Poetry Ambassadors Roger Stevens and Liz Brownlee. My next solo collection, 'If I Were Other Than Myself' is due out in spring 2019 with Troika Books.

Where Zebras Go

Where Zebras Go

 Question a snake, talk to a toad and learn how to avoid monsters and mythical beasts. This is a magical journey across savannahs, into fairytale realms, back to the playground and through the seasons, meeting hosts of animals along the way. 
Apes to Zebras

Apes to Zebras

 An A to Z of shape poems with Roger Stevens and Liz Brownlee Bloomsbury, from wopping whales to tiny plankton, all the amazing animals te earth has to offer, hardback 


  • Art
  • Humour
  • Poetry


  • A member of NAWE the National Association of Writers in Education.



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