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About Me
Here For
Writing, Critiquing, Support, Networking

Dogs, art, knitting, gardens, food, beach walking, family, music, literature - in no particular order.

Favorite Music
Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leonard Cohen, Pergolesi, Queen, Willie Nelson - in other words, music with poetic content.

Favorite Movies
Brief Encounter, Casa Blanca

Favorite Books
I read a lot. Often with 3 books on the go at once - some of my faves: Sebastian Faulks, Maggie O'Farrell, Margaret Forster, Mavis Cheek, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Penelope Lively, Louise Penny, Frank MacDonald, Julia Glass, Owen Sheers, TS Eliot, Hugo Williams, Leonard Cohen, Kate Atkinson, Jane Urquhart, Michael Ondaatje, Louise Penny...

Favorite Quotations
'There is always time to do the things you want to do'

General About Me
The official version: S.B. Borgersen, founder of The Liverpool Literary Society, writes, makes music, and concocts recipes for doggy cookies on the shores of Nova Scotia, Canada. Her poetry, short fiction, and essays are published internationally. With a fondness for challenges, Sue is teaching herself to play the theremin. The unofficial version: Sue is known for being rather quirky. She turns somersaults to switch negatives into positives and no more so than after experiencing seniors' bullying a couple of years ago. Writing an essay on this topic was the probably the most difficult thing to do - but also the most fulfilling. She and her (very patient) husband found a dusty old Victorian house for sale 20 years ago. It took a year to make it habitable and Sue learned more than she knew about plumbing, plastering and wiring (and how to swear in Nova Scotia dialect.) This old house is in a rural coastal community of 72 souls, 63 dogs, and 49 cats (she exaggerates) - a huge change from the high powered career girl in the city of the 1980s. Yes, Sue was a Senior IT Strategy Consultant (note caps!)with a monster corporation before seeing the light 26 years ago over a long Frozen February Weekend (note caps again!) in Nova Scotia. Born in England during the war (well WWII of course) Sue has spent very little time in England, living in Cyprus, Bermuda, Turkey, Mauritius and probably a few other fine idyllic islands long forgotten. Married twice with two middle aged children, Sue loves her dogs, her friends and her family with a passion, is allergic to housework, loves to bake (and is currently experimenting with a triple layer ginger/chocolate/lemon cake), is learning to play the piano again, works with silver and bronze clay, writes 1000 words a day of mostly drivel (this is a good example - and most will get deleted tomorrow) and is also over fond of exclamation marks. Sue is addicted, seriously addicted, to knitting. Tip of iceberg. Carpe Diem

Shout Box
Oct 12th 2016

Angela - like you I am finding the course quite an eye opener and it has already changed the way I do my character studies. The phtoto I've used for my draft nano cover was taken last week at Fort Amherst in Prince Edward Island (just shows how sometimes a quirky little pic can come in useful) where the banks of mouth of the Hillsborough River are eroding at a shocking speed. 

Oct 12th 2016

Very eye-catching! You are really on the ball! I am hoping that the characters that have been 'born' during future learn will tell me where they want to go...

Oct 12th 2016

Early draft of cover for my nano novel - what do you think?


May 29th 2016

Hi Sue,

Thank you for your kind welcome! I look forward to exchanging work, critiquing, and tossing ideas back and forth on the site! I'm intrigued about the seniors' bullying issue and would like to read the essay.

All the best,


Apr 18th 2016
Hi Sue, nice to see another Canuck on here, though like yourself I was born in England, after the war (yes WWII). I came here at the ripe old age of 26 and have been a Canadian citizen for more than thirty years now. I wonder if it was Turkish (or Northern Cyprus) that you lived. My best friends live there and I am there quite often, intending to visit on my way to Bangladesh this summer.
Mar 20th 2016


I am sorry, I am unsure what your first name is.  Thank you for your welcome. 

I am not as fan of cold weather and snow, hence I am in the South of France.  However I have read about Oak Island with it's supposedly buried treasure in Nova Scotia which I find very intriguing.


I like knitting and hubby and I have renovated two old houses, we have obviously shared the same frustrations and joys of DIY. And I have just learned what a thereim is.

Dec 3rd 2015

Hi folks, I am almost back in the land of the living, hope to catch up with everything by the weekend, S

Oct 27th 2015
Oct 5th 2015

Hi Sue, sorry to be so late saying 'hi' and welcome.

Sep 23rd 2015

Just wanted to shout out a quick thank you to you all - it will take me a while to get back into the rhythm that I discovered when a member of More Writers Abroad (how I miss those folks!). I've put a finger tip into the rapids with the Monday Muse - and voila a villanelle - I was so excited I had to make another pot of tea!  That's all down to you guys. I have a bubble of something that may meet the September challenge - just have to get it from head to print!  Nano looms in November - I thought it was my 10th - but now I see it is my 11th year and I have found my muse in a photograph. I'll post the pic in due course if you'd like to see. In the meantime, does anyone know if, in the 1930s, it was possible to get a sex change - I reckon my protagonist will  need one!