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Susan Barker

  • Northern Writers’ Award for Fiction, 2020
Susan Barker

Susan Barker is the author of three novels. Her most recent book, The Incarnations (2014), is about a taxi driver in contemporary Beijing and interwoven with stories from other historical eras. The Incarnations was a New York Times Notable Book, a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winner and was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize. While writing and researching The Incarnations she spent several years living in China. She currently lives in Manchester, where she teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and is working on a new book.


“The support of a Northern Writers’ Award is hugely encouraging and uplifting to me. I’ve been writing my current novel for an inexcusably long time now – and while I absolutely love writing fiction, and count myself lucky to do so, in the solitary, years-long endeavour there are definite moments of doubt. To have a nod from the Northern Writers’ Awards’ judges, as well as the financial support, really means a lot.”

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