Canadian-British poet/writer, in UK, since 1973, has fifteen collections, editing seven others. He’s founding editor of Dream Catcher a national-international journal in its 38th issue. He runs creative writing workshops and widely performs his poetry. Leads seminars; mentors, runs Writers Retreats and collaborates with musicians, visual artists and calligraphers. Lectures on e.g. Sufi poets and English Literature. He appears in anthologies and journals. Spires and Minarets was published by Sunk Island Publishing and Journeying from Valley Press 2012 (ww.valleypressuk.com). He reverted to a Sufi Muslim 2004; two books have followed, Poems on the Life of the Prophet Muhammad (saws) 2014, A Sufi Novice in Shaykh Efendi’s Realm, (first pub. In Romania in a bilingual book 2014; re-printed in UK 2015) describing his adventures in North Cyprus. He’s won literary awards; a poem of his helped promote Olympics 2012. He has won grants and participated in many projects. He turned freelance 2004. A New and Selected Poems, was re-launched from Valley Press 2017: 384 pages of 45 years of his writing a ‘unique …an unflinching and forensic exploration of a life through language.’ The book was listed by PBS for winter 2017 and selected as a choice for The Morning Stars’ books of 2017. The University of Lincoln archives his poetry, prose and criticism. A new collection of PS’s love poems, called Amoretti, has just been published by Dempsey and Windle. In 2019 his poetry sequence of miniatures Red Streamers was published as a bilingual edition of English and Romanian by PIM in Romania.
In publication: New and Selected Poems 2017
In editing: Dream Catcher journal, 1996-2012
In workshops: Wordsworth Trust on publishing a journal, 2010ish
Writer in residence: First Lincoln Book Festival 2004
Tutoring: Oversea students at University of York, from Islamic backgrounds (1995-2000)
Life events: immigration to UK, 1973, 10 months on Fair Isle, 1978-9, returning to Canada 1989, re-establishing contact with my roots, university student first-class honour 1997, won the prize for highest grades in humanities; conversion to Islam 2004, marriage 2004, first significant book 2004, Seven Earth Odes,(my father died in Canada so I missed the launch of the book in Lincoln) turned freelance 2004, went on Hajj, 2006, 2007 rewarded with money to spend on courses, W.B Yeats Summer School in Sligo, Arvon in Shropshire, 2014-15 first visit to India, Australia 2017-18, University of Lincoln begins to archive my work, 2015; my mother died 2017 same year New and Selected was published.
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Praise for Paul Sutherland.
“Sutherland is as much inwardly as he is outwardly reflective on matters of heart and place. A writer of considerable talent and grace you are always rewarded with reading his poetry and prose”
-Antony R. Owen
Author Nagasaki Elders was short-listed for the Ted Hughes Prize 2018.
Sutherland’s subject matter and moods are constantly moving in totally unpredictable directions, evoking the mystery which lies, after all, at the heart of all poetic creation.
Professor of Journalism , university of Lincoln, and visiting professor, Liverpool Hope University