About Deirdre Huston

 

Deirdre Huston is a writer,  film-maker and photographer whose work is inspired by her love of history and the outdoors. She is a walks writer, contributes the Sunday Strolls column to Sussex Life, and also works as Assistant Editor for Hassocks Life, a local magazine. 

A commited fiction writer, Deirdre is seeking representation for her debut novel If I Should Fall. This coming of age murder mystery revolves around a family secret and is woven with the superstition of eighteenth-century rural Sussex. The manuscript achieved a Distinction during her MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa and was a finalist in the Spotlight Adventures in Fiction Competition 2019. The narrative has been restructured but characterisation and finer plot points have the potential to be developed further. 

She is currently working on an 1820s gothic crime story, Nightingale, woven around a true court case set in rural Sussex. The story is told by Lizzie Graves, a fictional character mentioned only in the court transcript as the 'girl' who looked after the babies. She is about 30 000 words into the first draft with a synopsis to guide further writing.

Deirdre won the 2017 Robin Ledbury Trophy at the Mid-Somerset Festival for her poem, A Long Walk Home and has an Honourable Mention in the 2017 international NYC Short Story Challenge. 

She is the author of the popular, high quality guidebooks Day Walks on the High Weald, Sussex Walks,  Day Walks on the South Downs, Cycling Days Out South East Englanand co-author of the well-established title, Cycling in Sussex. The books are stocked widely and are released by Vertebrate Publishing. Deirdre's interest in local history was triggered when she was producing documentary films at atmospheric Saddlecombe Farm for the National Trust South Downs. 

Deirdre is an experienced workshop leader and a fully qualified teacher and has delivered courses through Northbrook College Community Education, Photography Pathways, Made and Making and Young Writers' Workshops. She is a volunteer with Little Green Pig, an organisation who support young writers in Sussex through creative Story Salons and Writing Clubs. Other jobs she has tried her hand at include photo librarian at Sussex Wildlife Trust, dental nurse, battery-tester, psychiatric nursing assistant and her personal favourite, working on a strawberry farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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