Susan Walton started her career as a map-maker, then later she took a degree in Rural Resource Management. Until 2007 she worked in the public and voluntary sectors.

She now works as a self-employed proofreader and copy-editor, trading as Sue Proof, and as a translator.

In 2009 she was commissioned to adapt Welsh poetry into English for a bilingual book of photographs. She found she enjoyed the experience. She has since adapted more poetry, and as a translator, has had eight novels for older children and four non-fiction books published. These are:

cover of the book Llŷn a Magical Place    cover of the book True Grit  

cover of the book The Iron Dam  cover of the book The Moon is Red  cover of the book Under the Welsh Not  cover of the book The Crown in the Quarry 

cover of the book The Black Pit of Tonypandy  cover of the book Faster than the Swords  cover of the book Fleeing the Fascists   Book cover with outline of a dog and two figures in silhouette.

  cover of the book The Story of Wales   cover of the book Battles for Wales   cover of the book The Welsh Marches from the West   cover of the book The Red Dragon of the Welsh

Hud a Lledrith Llŷn / Llŷn: A Magical Place, 2009; Craig yr Oesoedd / True Grit, 2011

The Iron Dam, 2017; The Moon is Red, 2018; Under the Welsh Not, 2019; The Crown in the Quarry, 2020; The Black Pit of Tonypandy, 2021; Faster Than the Swords, 2022; Fleeing the Fascists, 2022; Besting Mister Mostyn, 2023

The Story of Wales, 2017; Battles for Wales, 2017; The Welsh Marches, 2019; The Red Dragon of the Welsh, 2020


Being a recipient of a mentoring award in 2020, jointly funded by Literature Wales, Wales Literature Exchange and the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, helped Susan to expand into translating adult literary fiction, and this blog records her experience of that venture. The outcome is her first translation of a novel for adults, This House, 2024.

Book front cover that includes a pen-and-ink drawing of the upper body of a woman holding a balloon.


She has another blog, ’Sgwennu Sue, for her original writing and non-commissioned translations.


Words ©Susan Walton 2024. Photo of Susan Walton ©Susan Walton 2019. All cover art except for This House ©Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2009–2023. Cover art for This House ©3TimesRebel Press 2024.