About Deirdre Huston

Deirdre's new guidebook, Day Walks on the High Weald  is out! She invites you to discover the hidden riches of this unique area. 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. These widely-stocked books are all commisioned by Vertebrate Publishing and enable Deirdre to share her enthusiasm for exploring the trails, history and ecology of our natural landscape. 

If you are looking for shorter walks of between 3 and 5 miles, from January 2019, Deirdre will be sharing a Sunday Stroll each month with readers of the magazine, Sussex Life.

Deirdre's current work-in-progress is about a family set in eighteenth-century Sussex against a backdrop of smuggling, downland cliffs and folklore. She is rewriting this coming of age fictional story which first drew breath in 2016 during her MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She was pleased to achieve a Distinction for her manuscript. 

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. Another film is planned for this autumn to explore the downland experience and knowledge of one of the National Trust's rangers.

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.

As a qualified teacher (PGCE), Deirdre began her career in primary education and went on to develop creative projects in the community under the auspices of Young Writers' WorkshopsDeirdre has delivered courses through Northbrook College Community Education and led field trips via Photography Pathways and Made and MakingShe is a volunteer with Little Green Pig, an organisation who support young writers in Sussex through creative Story Salons and Writing Clubs.







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