About Deirdre Huston

Deirdre is seeking representation for her debut novel, Ladder to Freedom. This coming of age story is high-end women’s commercial fiction and, as a recent graduate of the MA Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she was pleased to achieve a Distinction for her manuscript. The story, which is inspired by the people and landscape of the South Downs, is set in eighteenth-century Sussex.

Deirdre's new guidebook, Day Walks on the High Weald will be published this summer and invites you to discover the hidden riches of this unique area on foot. She is the author of a number of guidebooks to help you explore the South East: Sussex Walks;  Day Walks on the South Downs; Cycling Days Out South East England and is co-author of Cycling in Sussex. The books are stocked widely and were released by Vertebrate Publishing and enable Deirdre to share her enthusiasm for exploring the trails, history and ecology of our natural landscape. 

Deirdre has been awarded the Robin Ledbury Trophy for her poem, A Long Walk Home, which was judged to be outstanding in the 2017 Mid-Somerset Festival. She received an Honourable Mention in the 2017 international NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge and has since experimented with converting her story, An Imperfect White Silence, into an interactive game.

Deirdre is also a commissioned film-maker and photographer. She has made a number of documentary films for the National Trust South Downs to capture the unique atmosphere of the Devil's Dyke Estate, its agricultural history and fascinating ecology.

Deirdre leads workshops through Made and Making. She is an experienced photography lecturer, a fully qualified teacher and has delivered courses through Northbrook College Community Education. She has lead field trips through Photography Pathways and has taught creative writing with Young Writers' Workshops, facilitating projects based on poetry, extended stories, play-writing and film-making for teenagers.

Deirdre has provided photography to Borde Hill Estate, Vertebrate Publishing, National Trust South Downs, Raystons (UK) Ltd, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Picture Agency, Sunvil Greece, Spectrum Insurance, JPIC Insurance Consulting, Nia MId-Sussex, Xanthus Consulting and a range of national and local publications. In her role as Photo Librarian at Sussex Wildlife Trust, Deirdre gained valuable knowledge and experience of using media in marketing and education.






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