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Suzanne Batty

  • Northern Writers' Awards for Poetry, 2022
Suzanne Batty

Suzanne Batty has published two poetry collections with Bloodaxe Books – States of Happiness (2018) and The Barking Thing (2007). Her debut pamphlet Shrink was a winner in The Poetry Business competition. Suzanne won The Poetry Society’s Anne Born Prize in its inaugural year. Her work has appeared in journals including The Poetry Review, Dream Catcher, The Rialto and The North. She is currently working on a new collection Syd and Other Poems, a theatre script The Ice House and is exploring combining poetry with other art forms – for example performance, collage and sound. Suzanne has taught creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University and in the community, particularly with people using mental health services. She is passionate about using creativity to support recovery from mental distress. She also writes and publishes short fiction. Suzanne was born in Devon and grew up in Manchester where she lives.


‘I am thrilled to receive a Northern Writers’ Award. It will give me time to focus on finishing my new poetry collection, help me to recover confidence in my work and re-establish connections in the writing community. After years of setbacks caused by illness and bereavement, this wonderful opportunity could not have come at a better time.’

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