Sue has developed partnerships with literary organisations and theatre companies specifically encouraging children and young people to love creative reading and writing, literature and drama. 

Magic Dust that Lasts is a national report, written by Sue, on writers’ residencies in schools which reviews the resources and impact of writers in schools, and how to make practice even more effective and more widespread. This has resulted in an impetus for improvement in such aspects as training for writers, innovative models of residencies and securing the legacy in schools. The report (November 2010) is published by Arts Council England.

Young people’s cultural experience and creative development is a priority for Sue. She has particular interest in the interface between arts organisations and schools and promoting partnerships between arts organisations and schools. 

This was the focus of Sue’s contribution to a seminar series by Arts Council England and the Royal Society for Arts. Her essay,A Grand Partnership, is to be published in autumn 2013.  

The Cultural Learning Alliance is active in bringing together the arts and culture sector with education. Sue is on the CLA Steering Committee.


CapeUK is a national arts and creativity organisation working mainly in the north of  England. Sue is a member of the Board, supporting Cape in making the links between arts organisations and  schools a reality. 

  Sue is also on the Board of charities which focus on creative reading and writing in schools,                 including  First Story