Sent to Coventry

Yes, I know this is not Coventry… but it is a signpost, and all I had. 🙂 Taken on Newport Beach, Orange County, California, 2010


Autumn has blown in, kids are back at school and my own schedule has gone into overdrive. A harvest of work opportunities (from workshops to drama productions) have cropped up in the past fortnight and I’m facing a season of travel for the same. I’m just back from five days in the motherland (Dublin and Kildare) and will soon be off to Coventry, Budapest, London, Ireland, Paris – and that’s only over the next eight weeks! It’s good to see things taking off and the interest (and funding) finally breaking through -and a clearer picture emerging of the road forward. It feels as though all the pieces of the jigsaw have fallen into place whilst I wasn’t looking – a case of life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans!

So as I’m gearing up to hit the road, I’m also doing my best to recover from a recent operation, which took more out of me than I thought it ought.  Rather naively, I suspected a general anaesthetic would have no more impact on me than a local… but it sort of knocked me sideways and I ended up taking two days off work spaced out and lying in bed,. Thankfully,  I had an angel of a Portuguese housemate to look after me, and a landlord who was on hand to cook and provide hot water bottles and tea and sympathy and the like. Times like that you realise who your friends are, and I’ve got some good ones. Thanks to the many here who dropped in to wish me well – you don’t know how much your messages meant – and it is reassuring to think that people read these posts. I rather write them thinking that I’m talking to myself  – so it is good to know some people take the time.

Finally, apologies to the good people of Coventry for the clichéd title to this piece… I’m sure you get so sick of it. I can’t wait to get to know your town, and come up with something more fitting.


About suehealy

From Ireland, Sue Healy is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre, London, a full-time Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. Her book on theatre literary management is published by Routledge, December 2022. Sue is an award-winning writer for stage, TV, and prose writer. TV Her current project, a 6x60minute TV series, is under option. She is under commission with Lone Wolf Media, producers behind PBS’ “Mercy Street”, to co-write the pilot and treatment for a six-part TV series. Stage Her most recent stage-play, Imaginationship (2018), enjoyed a sold out, extended run at the Finborough and later showed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Her previous stage productions include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s short plays have been performed at the Criterion (Criterion New Writing Showcase), Arcola (The Miniaturists) and Hackney Attic (Fizzy Sherbet Shorts). Radio Her radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. Prose Sue has won The Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award, Meridian Prize and has been published in nine literary journals and anthologies including: The Moth, Flight, Tainted Innocence, New Writer, Duality, HISSAC, New European Writers. She has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from annual artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. An academic with a PhD in modern theatre history, specifically the Royal Court Theatre, Sue has presented her research internationally. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She has a PhD in modern theatre history (Royal Court Theatre) and is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumnus. View all posts by suehealy

11 responses to “Sent to Coventry

  • pierrmorgan

    I thought that signpost looked strangely familiar. I’ve never been to Coventry but I lived in LA years ago and would visit friends in Newport Beach on the weekend. Take very good care and congrats on all the writing gigs! Your posts inspire me.

  • viewsfromsue

    Hi Sue. I’ve taken a holiday from my blog and any reading of other blogs, so am glad I came back in time to read this one. I could relate to what you wrote about feeling like you’re talking to yourself, so when people actually comment, it can be quite a nice feeling. Hence writing to say I do enjoy your blog very much when I allow myself the time to enjoy the treat of it. I’m glad you’re okay after you medical procedure and still here kicking and writing to produce great wisdom. 🙂
    And pleased that your schedule is heating up with such interesting thngs!
    Blessings. 🙂
    PS I’ve been to Coventry, the photo DID look a bit different!

  • Typehype

    General anesthesia is so hard to shake off. Love your blog and glad you’re recovering well.

  • heretherebespiders

    I actually don’t know that phrase! Must google or ask the hubby. I know the Bedfordshire one, that’s a nice one though. Glad you had good help and are recovering. What a schedule you have ahead!

  • Melanie Macek

    Just remember to schedule time to recoup during your travels. Wishing safe travels and high adventure for you!

  • Ray

    We don’t know each other, but I have been reading your posts for some time now. I’m glad to see your fall season is picking up and that your surgery went well enough. I hope you continue to find rest and happiness.

    And thanks for your blog. It really is wonderful. I send people to it all of the time.

  • jpbohannon

    I have to echo the commenter’s advice to pay attention to your recovery. It sounds like you have a lot on your agenda, but listen to your body when it tells you to slow down. Slainte.

  • Candice Nolan

    What are you doing in Coventry? Its only down the road for me – could pop and say hi!

  • Kathrin

    Be kind to yourself and allow yourself the healing process (emphasis on “process”). Thanks for writing and blogging even while you’re busy and recuperating and traveling.

  • Running in Mommyland

    Am quite envious of your traveling schedule and wish you a wonderful trip! Love the photo you used for the post, too. Nothing like a tattooed boy in a wetsuit on a bike. Good old California living!

  • davidtenn

    Hello Sue, Thanks for following the Angel, you might like to have a look at Hanukah too as there are some odd poems and a few other bits and pieces that might be of interest. Good to have you along. Love David

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