About Deirdre Huston

Deirdre is seeking representation for her debut novel, The Howl of the Waves. 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 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. Her assigned genre was horror but she managed to sneak a little history in to the context. She is also experimenting with script-writing, to dramatise the life of a historical figure.

 She is the author of four popular guidebooks: Sussex Walks;  D
ay 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.

Deirdre works 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. As well as capturing video and stills herself, she enjoys bringing new life to archive sources.

She is interested in developing new projects to enable memories of ordinary people to illuminate and authenticate hidden histories. We can learn a lot from the stories of our past.

Deirdre 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's degree in Social Psychology from Sussex University has stood her in good stead, enabling her to develop good independent research and interpretative skills. On completing her PGCE,  she consumed various City & Guilds Photography courses.

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.

Other jobs she has tried her hand at include dental nurse, battery-tester, psychiatric nursing assistant and her personal favourite, working on a strawberry farm. 




Deirdre is a member of the following organisations.

The Historical Novel Society

The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild

Sussex Archaeological Society.

New Writing South

English Heritage

The National Trust



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