My name is Sue Wood and I am a poet, artist and nature blogger living in Roskhill, Dunvegan on the west coast of the Isle of Skye. I have a passion for nature and this reflects in my poetry and art.
My preferred medium is alcohol ink which I use to create paintings for my poetry books.
Being absorbed in nature is a perfect setting to clear your mind and become lost in the moment.
A stimulating environment to be connected with nature, which fills the soul, creating a sense of calmness and inspiration.
Throughout my career I have always worked with pre-school children, in education settings and students in further education. I studied BA Child and Youth Studies at Inverness college UHI and followed this with am Advanced diploma in teaching in further education. I was a lecturer at Westhighland college, Portree, the University of the Highlands and Islands teaching both school leavers and mature students. My main focus throughout my career has been to promote the importance of the natural world for childrens’ happiness, health and wellbeing. Once a child has been fully engaged into the natural world, he/she will take this forward into adulthood. This is a wonderful gift which, is a natural tonic helping to protect physical and mental health for life.
I moved to Skye in 1995 with my husband and young daughters. To be surrounded with dramatic mountains, amazing seascapes with its abundance of wildlife was simply breath-taking. A perfect environment to stimulate creativity.
We have lived on Skye for 25 years and are now fortunate to have a croft which, we acquired four years ago. The croft has a wildflower meadow which, runs along the banks of the river Roskhill. I named the meadow Oran Uisge (Gaelic for song of water) because, while sitting amongst the wildflowers, the river gently flows along, towards the sea, providing a tranquil sound.
Oran Uisge is an inspirational place to watch the bees and butterflies foraging for food, with fragrance filling the air from the wildflowers whilst, listening to the abundance of songbirds. This inspired me to create skyenatureblog.com which, provides a selection of posts with poems, artwork, nature quotes, photographs and videos, all relating to this wonderful island. This amazing setting also inspired me to write my first poem “Skye Midsummer Night”, followed by “Oronsay”. I continued to write and decided to publish them in my first book, Timeless Shores.
Timeless Shores is currently available in the following outlets:
Or shop Portree
Aros, Carmina Gadelica ( Aros book shop) http://www.aros.co.uk/product/isle-of-skye-timeless-shores/
Dunvegan Post Office
Signed copies available https://suewoodskye.com/
20% of all sales will be donated to’
Young carers Skye and Lochalsh and Counseling Care Skye and Lochalsh