Suzanne Woods

Suzanne Woods.
Suzanne Woods.

This week’s Friday’s Child is Suzanne Woods. Suzanne is originally from Derry but lived most of her life away, in Canada and the USA, returning to Ireland in 2000. Suzanne is an art historian and for many years taught art history and curated exhibitions. She says: “I always wanted to make my own work and began my craft business, ArrooDesigns in 2005.” Suzanne will be exhibiting at the Guildhall Craft Fair this weekend.

How would you describe yourself?

Suzanne Woods.

Suzanne Woods.

Boring things like responsible and trustworthy come to mind but I’m also a risk-taker and like learning new things.

Happiest childhood memory?

I remember going to a pet rescue centre and getting a kitten for my brother for Christmas. It made everyone happy.

What was your first job?

I was a clerk in a clinic when I was 16.

Favourite book?

That’s hard – the latest good reads are probably the Shardlake novels by C S Sansom

Favourite film?

I like quiet, quirky films, ‘Babette’s Feast’ or more recently ‘The Artist’.

Favourite television programme?

My current favourite is the Montalbano series on BBC4. Dreams of running away to Sicily…

Favourite expression?


Favourite method of relaxation?

Reading or having a chat over a glass of nice red wine

Favourite holiday destination?


Who would you most like to meet?

I’d like to have the chance to meet my two grans again. One was so sweet and gentle – I could use some of that. The other raised three children after being widowed in her thirties, and I must get some of my determination from her.

What makes you angry?

People who are small-minded and use their ignorance as a mantra

What makes you happy?

Time to enjoy the day – any day.

What human quality do you most admire?

The ability to imagine.

What human quality do you least admire?


What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

Back in the day, wearing a halter dress, dancing the night away, not noticing for at least 2 minutes that the strap had broken.

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?


What is your greatest fear?


What has been the high point of your life to date?

Apart from the usual, probably getting my Masters with distinction as I was the first female in my family to go to university.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone decent who kept on trying.

What is your most treasured possession?

My health.

If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

Buy a wee house, a new car, go to Italy, put some in the bank, give the rest away. And, buy cashmere jumpers.

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

Good health for me and mine

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

Carpe Diem and be happy.