Suzanne Batty’s debut poetry pamphlet Shrink was published by the Poetry Business in 1997, and she was awarded an Arts Council writer’s bursary in 1999. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Barking Thing, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2007. She won the Poetry Society’s Anne Born Prize in its inaugural year, 2015. Her second collection, States of Happiness, is due from Bloodaxe in September 2018.
She studied for an MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and subsequently became a lecturer there. She has won prizes in many poetry competitions including the Philip Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition 2013, the Nottingham Open Poetry Competition 2013, the Café Writers Open Poetry Competition in 2015 and the York Poetry Prize in 2016. She has collaborated with musicians, visual artists, photographers and printmakers. Suzanne uses creative writing to support people experiencing and recovering from extreme mental distress. She also writes short fiction and has written scripts for the theatre. She lives in Manchester where she was a founder member of urban poetry project the A6 Poets.
Books by Suzanne Batty