Sue Hubbard is a freelance art critic, novelist, award-winning poet, lecturer and broadcaster.

Her poems have been read on Radio 3 and Radio 4 and she has contributed to many arts programmes including Kaleidoscope, Poetry Please, Night Waves and The Verb.


Twice winner of the London Writers' competition and a Hawthornden Fellow, she was the Poetry Society's first-ever Public Art Poet commissioned by the Arts Council and the BFI to create London's biggest art poem that leads from Waterloo to the IMAX. Her books of poetry include Everything Begins with the Skin (Enitharmon 1994). A selection of poems in Oxford Poets 2000 (Carcanet). Ghost Station (Salt Publishing 2004), The Idea of Islands (Occasional Press 2010) and The Forgetting and Remembering of Air (Salt Publishing 2014). Her work has also appeared in a number of prestigious anthologies and literary magazines including: Encounter, Acumen, Ambit, Poetry Wales, Poetry London, London Magazine, The Independent, The Observer and The Irish Times.

Sue Hubbard Poet The Idea of Islands

The Fogetting And
Remembering of Air

"The Forgetting and Remembering of Air is a stunning piece of work – an achingly moving narrative of love for a child, parent, sibling, lover or icon."
New Welsh Review
Sue Hubbard Poet The Idea of Islands 

The Idea of Islands
Sue Hubbard Poet Ghost Station

Ghost Station

"Sue Hubbard brings passionate and prophetic visions into the sphere of family life… An accomplished art-critic, Hubbard can convey the pictorial in vivid and startling language".
Peter Lawson, Jewish Chronicle - The Weekly Review
Sue Hubbard Poet Oxford Poets 2000

Oxford Poets 2000

Sue Hubbard Poet Everything begins with the Skin

Everything begins with the Skin

"This is a woman's life and love.
It is not hard to respond to the celebration
of these rich interiors, the warmth and the grief."
London Poetry Newsletter


Depth of Field
, her first novel, was published in 2000 by Dewi Lewis. Her short stories, Rothko's Red, were published by Salt in 2008.

Girl in White
 was published by Cinnamon Press, 2013.

Sue Hubbard Novelist Girl in White

Girl In White

"A literary tour de force."
Fay Weldon
Sue Hubbard Novelist Rothko's Red 

Rothko's Red

"A dazzling collection"
Ruth Fainlight

"Evidence of the poet's gift for imagery is in plentiful supply."
Sean O'Brian. The Independent

"Rothko's Red has an acute power."
The New Statesman
Sue Hubbard Novelist Depth of Field 

Depth of Field

"A writer of genuine talent."
Elaine Feinstein


Sue Hubbard has contributed regularly to a wide range of publications including Time OutThe IndependentThe Independent on Sunday, and The New Statesman. She has also written for The Times and The Guardian and numerous art magazines such as Apollo,TateIrish Art ReviewNY Arts Magazine and the RA magazine. She is the London correspondent for the Los Angeles based contemporary art magazine, Artillery and writes a regular column for Her selected art writings, Adventures in Art, were published by Damien Hirst's Other Criteria in 2010.

Sue Hubbard Novelist Depth of Field

Adventures In Art

"We follow Sue Hubbard because she has the precision,
the respect for words and pain, of a poet."
John Berger

"Beautifully written… her descriptive powers are peerless
as she brings these works to life: the chapters on Rothko
and Howard Hodgkin are particularly impressive."
Metro, June 2010

Sue Hubbard is available for talks, broadcasts, lectures and readings.

She can also be contacted for catalogue essays, artist's talks and interviews.

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