Quick & Quirky Questions with Sue Oxley

Sue Oxley is a writer, quilter, and retired teacher from London, but now lives in the northeast of England. She has had five different careers, but the one that fitted her most comfortably was as a funeral celebrant, officiating in over 150 funerals, including very different ceremonies, from Buddhist to Punk.  

Sue now writes things other than rituals and eulogies and hopes to be teaching quilting again as soon as church halls open up for business. 

Tell us 4 important facts about yourself:

  1. My fascination in life is religion
  2. I wish I had married a farmer
  3. I am ambitious, more so now than ever
  4. I listen

What is your favourite age that you’ve been so far in life, and why?

17 is my favourite age. For most of my childhood I disliked being a child intensely and wanted to be grown up, independent, my own person. I felt I achieved that at 17.

Who is your favourite fictional character or famous person over 60?


You are alone in your house (no pets). You have three minutes to get out before the house collapses and burns to the ground. What one possession would you grab and take with you?

My grandfather’s black box which contains, among other things, all the emails, printed out, to and from my daughters when they were in Australia for a year.

What’s your favourite creative pastime?

Making quilts, or rather teaching other people to make quilts.

Tell us something about yourself that’s surprising or unexpected.

I can remember past lives.

Sue is part of the Autumn Voices Steering Group.

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