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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
Sep 12th 2015
Lovely getting to know you better via your introduction, Sue!
Sep 10th 2015
A novel you may like is Past Encounters by Davina Blake. Set in the town where Brief Encounter was made, at the same time. It works. A good read.
Sep 9th 2015

Hi Sue, Lovely to have you on board! It seems we have a few fav writers in common. I love Owen Sheers' poetry and of course Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks was unforgettable. I'm flying to Canada on 26 Sept and then travelling down to New England so may not be on the site so much in the coming months but hope to catch up when I'm back towards the end of October!

Sep 8th 2015
I can be a friend of anyone who likes Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and Brief Encounter! :) welcome, John Eliot.
Sep 3rd 2015
Welcome. Enjoy!
Sep 3rd 2015

Great to see you on here, Sue! Hope you are finding your way around okay. Have a lovely break next week... 

Sep 3rd 2015

Gosh, thank you all so much, I feel quite overwhelmed. Heading off this weekend to Prince Edward Island for a week of R and R (totally unplugged) but will recount our exploits for you upon our return. In the meantime -  I submitted a 500 worder to The Parliament of Things - a Dutch organisation - it was a curious concept - got my juices flowing - so I gave it a whirl. I made a pact with myself some time ago that I would submit something somewhere at least once a month - so that was my August's submission.  No idea what I am going to send where in September. I really try and find opps where there is no submission fee!!!! (must be my Scottish ancestry!!!!)

Sep 3rd 2015
Hi Sue, and of course, a big welcome to our lovely group!
As previously mentioned, if you need any help at all, please sing out!
Am looking forward to reading your work!
Sep 3rd 2015

Hi Sue. Welcome to Writers Abroad!

Sep 3rd 2015

Welcome, Sue. Hope to see you joining in very soon.