Suzanne Batty

The Barking Thing

Suzanne Batty is a poet based in Manchester, UK. She is co-editor of poetry magazine Rain Dog and is one of the founders of  Manchester's A6 poets. 

Her new collection The Barking Thing was published by Bloodaxe in June 2007.

In 1997 her collection Shrink was a winner in The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition. In 1998 she was shortlisted for the Trace Write Out Loud Scheme. In 1999 she was awarded a Writers Bursuary from the Arts Council to research a long poem and complete a first collection. In January 2000 she received an Arts Council Commission to write a poem for ‘Poems for the Waiting Room’, a Hyphen-21 project. She has completed her first collection of poems The Barking Thing.

Currently she is working on her second collection and a long poem for theatre.  She has many poems published in anthologies and magazines, and regularly performs her work in Manchester and further afield.

She teaches creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University and leads workshops including one for Commonword's Northern Gay Writers in Manchester. 

Dogs Tell Lies
Who says on some past night
I couldn’t be a small dog
A red dog with yellow eyes.
Hairy as a pasque flower.
Prone to eating sheep
In the small hours.

Having teeth cut out of old
Tin cans, a big mouth.
I bark before I’m spoken to
Scare myself.

I want to be a good dog
Have a happy end. Hold your hand
All night in my rubber mouth.
Eat butterflies.

© Suzanne Batty, 2000 

Storm on the beach


'I like poetry written with passion and daring. I like work that takes risks with itself. I'm drawn to strong images and emotions although witty and iroinc poems can appeal to me as well. I read mostly contemporary poetry although I have a passion for, amongst others, Sylvia Plath and Spanish-speaking poets Federico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Neruda. My favourite contempoary writers include Medbh McGuckian, Selima Hill (poem), Alice Oswald, Les Murray, Kathleen Jamie, and songwriter Elvis Costello.'

 Published Collections

Shrink Smith Doorstop,1997
The Barking Thing Bloodaxe, 2007

Web Links

Commonword Manchester's Community Publisher
Pride of Manchester Poetry Listings
Rain Dog Manchester Poetry Magazine
Linda Norris
Michael Gustavius Payne