Send Su to Manchester

by Roselyne Williams in Penzance, England, United Kingdom


raised of £6,000 target
15% 8 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by July 30th 2019 at 3:27pm

We want to send volunteer Su to Manchester to study for her postgraduate degree.

by Roselyne Williams in Penzance, England, United Kingdom

Why do we want to help Su? Redwing volunteer and emerging poet and writer Su Ormerod has worked extremely hard to gain a postgraduate place at Manchester Uni to study Contemporary Writing.

Su's tuition fees are covered, however as a postgraduate student Su is ineligible for any maintenance grant. Even living frugally for a year in Manchester will cost £12000 minimum. Su is working like crazy to try to pay her accommodation fees and basic food bills and hopes to have raised half of what she needs by August. Su needs just a little extra help from all of us to make her dream come true.

Without our help Su won't be able to afford accommodation in Manchester and may be forced to turn down her place at The Centre for New Writing.

Why Manchester? The Centre for New Writing is a dedicated contemporary writing hub within The University of Manchester's English and American Studies subject area, in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. It offers specialised teaching and supervision, world-class resources, an internationally recognised teaching staff, a strong interdisciplinary orientation and a stimulating intellectual environment. 


How much is needed and how will it be used? We aim to raise £6000 to help with  Su's accommodation fees (Su is budgeting for a tiny basic room which doesn't even have a sink) and a basic plant-based student diet.

What's in it for us? This is our chance to help Su prove that it's never too late for any of us to follow our dreams. We can also choose from some lovely rewards and everyone who pledges will be invited to welcome Su back to Cornwall at a special "Sense of Place" event on her return from Manchester in September 2020.


She sat unseen, unfeeling as she unsewed

her wedding veil. Silken thread wormed

unnoticed into her mind. She undid an

unlived life. Unthinking, she said yes to live

an unseen future. Knotted fingers unknotted

an unbeating heart to unlose herself to life.

Unheard vows heard his unaliveness.

An unpricked finger unspun sleep to undo

the unknown moment of death.

Blooded, she breathed unhindered by the

umbilical cord of an unmother. Undid her

own undoing and wound a silken shroud

with undone sheets. Seeing the unseeing

as the veil unmade itself, she redid the undid

and understood the unlife. Undressed, she

cried unheard hurt. As she touched another

she touched herself. Naked in the sea, she swam

holding the silken thread. He opened the door

to collect his unlived life.

Su Ormerod 2016

Testimonials and Reviews of Su's work: 

 Su's poetry has depth, complexity, semantic dexterity, and a certain edginess. I also find it marvelously accessible. Robert Erskine. Writer

"lyrically beautiful" Rebecca Alexander 

"Su, the poems are really wonderful, you have a real ear for imagery and music of poetry." Rebecca Alexander, writer.

Some of the many rewards kindly donated to "Send Su to Manchester." Check them out. Some of them are limited or unique! :

 "The Heart of all Knowing" 

Acrylic on canvas by Katy Cockle 


Bryher Campsite, Isles of Scilly. 

Three nights traditional camping for two people in 2020, excluding school holidays. Subject to availability.




This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

1 of 25 claimed

The "Sense of Place" Portfolio

A limited edition collection of prose and poetry by Su Ormerod "Sense of Place".

£5 or more

Thank you from Su

A thank you message from Su in Manchester.

£10 or more

0 of 20 claimed

A Postcard from Manchester

A postcard from Su in Manchester.

£15 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Tea Time

Ten complimentary teas at Redwing Gallery's cafe in Penzance.

£20 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Coffee Time

A bundle of 10 coffee vouchers redeemable at the Redwing Gallery in Penzance. Normally retailing at £25.

£50 or more

3 of 3 claimed

The Campsite

Two nights camping for up to a family of 4 (Two adults, two children) at Treveddon Farm Camping on the Lizard, near Helston, Cornwall.

£55 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bryher Campsite

3 nights’ traditional camping for 2 people in 2020, excluding school holidays, subject to availability, at Bryher Campsite, Isles of Scilly.

£100 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Writer in Residence

An opportunity to be Writer in Residence at Redwing Gallery in Penzance for up to two weeks. You will have space to write during your residency, with access to free wifi and the chance to give a presentation or talk about your work. (Accommodation not included.)

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

The Big Event

Up to four hours use of the event space at Redwing Gallery in Penzance for up to 30 people.

£120 or more

0 of 2 claimed

The Exhibitionist

A two week exhibition at Redwing Gallery in Penzance, Cornwall to take place in 2020.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

The Heart of All Knowing

You will be the owner of the painting"The Heart of All Knowing" by artist Katy Cockle. Kindly donated by the artist. To be collected from the Redwing Gallery, Penzance. Dimensions 90 cm by 61 cm Acrylic on canvas 2017

Let's make 'Send Su to Manchester' happen

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