Sue Brown

Sue in a few words...

Creative Writer

Performance Poet

Family Support Worker


Multi-Award-Winning Presenter

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Sue's Story

Sue is the presenter of the highly-regarded BBC Four documentary, Black Brummies. The documentary looked at the black community in Birmingham in the mid '60s using archive footage, such as The Colony, as a point of reference. 

Sue’s contribution to A Very British History: The First Black Brummies has been universally well received, bringing her a slew of awards for her involvement in the programme. They include Outstanding New Talent at the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards 2019, and the 2019 MvisA (Movies Video & Screen Awards) for Best Factual Production.

In Autumn 2019 Sue presented and narrated BBC Birmingham’s Inside Out: Slavery and Stately Homes.

Between 2010 and 2018 Sue worked as a Family Social Worker at Lillian de Lissa Children’s Centre in Birmingham.  Her role was to support all parents and carers with children from 0–5 years focusing on the child’s earliest years by learning and developing life skills so they can grow up healthy, happy and achieving their goals. During her time with families she used a range of approaches and resources to improve emotional well-being, social skills and gave opportunities to children to enjoy and achieve.

Over the years Sue has worked with various creative projects and across differing art forms, including collaborations with musicians, in theatres and on radio, as well as educational work mainly within primary schools.

For more than fifteen years she has freelanced with Writing West Midlands as a workshop facilitator and performance poet. Most recently she finished a three-year workshop entitled ‘Sparks Young Writing Group’ based at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon; this is just one of Writing West Midlands creative writing projects which aims to promote the long-term benefit of ‘writing’ by working with professional writers to inspire young wordsmiths with their creativity and writing.

Since 2001 Sue has been a member of one of Birmingham’s largest writers' groups, Writers without Borders.

‘Wednesday Mic Fever’ at the Mango Lounge in Birmingham is the place to see Sue once a month, not only as one of the organisers of the evening but also as a performer. 

In October 2018 Sue was presented with the ‘Power in Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award 2018’ by Power in Poetry Vibestrap Entertainment Nottingham & Birmingham performance poetry.

At the Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham Sue hosted Reggae Woman - an evening of spoken word and song in celebration of Reggae music and its contribution to British society. Sue has also performed her spoken word poetry at the BAF (Black Arts Forum) and Midlands Arts Centre’s Elders Project Birmingham.

Sue continues to volunteer in the antenatal clinic at the Woman’s Hospital in Birmingham on the reception.