Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Susan Wicks
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Susan Wicks grew up in Edenbridge, Kent, and studied French and Swedish before doing a D.Phil. at Sussex on the fiction of André Gide. She taught for many years for the University of Kent in Tonbridge, and then in Canterbury, where she was Director of the University’s Centre for Creative Writing. Since 2008 she has worked as a freelance writer, teacher and workshop leader, and lives in Tunbridge Wells.


A Place to Stop (novel) (Salt, 2012)

House of Tongues (poems) (Bloodaxe, 2011)

Valérie Rouzeau, Cold Spring in Winter (poems) (translator) (Arc, 2010)

Roll Up for the Arabian Derby (short stories) (bluechrome, 2008)

De-Iced (Bloodaxe, 2007)

Night Toad, New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2003)

Little Thing (novel) (Faber, 1998)

The Key (novel) (Faber, 1997)

The Clever Daughter (poems) (Faber, 1996)

Driving My Father (memoir) (Faber, 1995; Austral, Paris, 1996; Basic Books, New York, 1996)

Open Diagnosis (poems) (Faber, 1994)

Singing Underwater (poems) (Faber, 1992)


Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize 1992

Forward First Collection Prize Shortlist 1992

T.S.Eliot Prize Shortlist 1996

Forward Prize Shortlist 1996

Scott-Moncrieff Prize 2010

International Griffin Prize Shortlist 2010

Oxford-Weidenfeld Literary Translation Prize Shortlist 2010


‘New Generation Poets’, 1994

PBS Choice 1996, and Recommendations 1992, 2003 and 2011

Writing residencies abroad, especially at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts, the Villa Mont-Noir and Hedgebrook.

‘Wicks can be both a fearless and arrestingly tender kind of writer, unafraid of taking a thought into uncomfortable, raw or unexpected places.’ Paul Farley, PBS Bulletin.

‘Susan Wicks’s prose works find haunting new shapes for the practical and emotional dilemmas specific to modern women’s lives.’ (Stephen Burt, TLS)


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