Susan Utting Susan Utting 


Susan Utting’s new collection of poetry, Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems will be published in March/April 2017. News of launches and associated events will be on this website very soon.

Susan’s 2012 poetry collection, Fair’s Fair (Two Rivers Press), has been described as ‘joyous, heartbreaking, ramm’d with life.’ Jane Draycott writes ‘...the poems in Fair's Fair reveal Susan Utting's capacity to move us at its most powerful yet - a new collection of great skill and lucid tenderness.’

Work from the earlier collection, Houses Without Walls, (Two Rivers Press) was featured in the Independent on Sunday, was widely and warmly reviewed, with a poem included in the best single poem category of the Forward Book of Poetry.

Her work has won many awards. In 2015, Self-Portrait as a Ticked Box won 2nd Prize in the McLellan Poetry Competition. Other prizes include a Poetry Business Prize for the pamphlet Something Small is Missing and the Peterloo Poetry Prize for Under the Blue Ball. She was selected for The Times newspaper's best love poem prize 2010, was a winner in the Academi Cardiff International and has twice been shortlisted for the Arvon Poetry Prize. Susan’s work has also appeared in The TLS, The Independent, New Welsh Review, The Mirror, The Forward Book of Poetry, The North, The Interpreter’s House and The Poetry Review. Her first full collection, Striptease, was published in 2001 by Smith/Doorstop Books.

Susan runs poetry workshops country wide and taught poetry & creative writing at Reading University for 17 years. She was appointed Community Laureate for Southern Arts' Year of the Artist and received a Creative Writing Fellowship from Reading University’s School of English & American Literature.

She is the founder of Reading's acclaimed Poets' Café, has read and performed her poetry at arts venues and festivals including Edinburgh, StAnza at St Andrew’s, Henley and Marlborough Literary Festivals, Ledbury Poetry Festival, and for the Poetry Trust at Aldeburgh.

Her work was selected by The Poetry Library to be recorded for Poetry International at the South Bank Centre in London, and was broadcast along with other international poets' work, at the Royal Festival Hall and South Bank Centre.