Paul Batchelor The Sinking Road

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The Sinking Road

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In this strikingly varied first collection, Paul Batchelor travels from a laboratory in Hokkaido to the Black Sea steppe, from the mythical Ireland of Mad King Sweeney to the shattered landscape of post-war Germany. The poems he brings back are haunted by a series of memorable talismans: a synthetic snow crystal, an ebony cigarette holder, and the last spray of honesty in a Northumberland B&B.

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Paul Batchelor was born in Northumberland in 1977. In 2003 he received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and in 2004 he was given the Andrew Waterhouse Award by New Writing North. In 2005 he was a winner of the Poetry Business Prize; his pamphlet To Photograph a Snow Crystal was published by Smith/Doorstop in 2006. He is editing a collection of critical essays on Barry MacSweeney, to be published by Newcastle University and Bloodaxe Books. His first full-length collection, The Sinking Road (Bloodaxe, 2008), has been shortlisted for The Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2008 and the poetry category of the Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards.

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'Keenly felt; passionately, precisely and lyrically conveyed.'- Simon Armitage. 'Thematic range, formal diversity, intellectual curiosity, passion, intimacy, and a musical ear that makes the reader sit up: Paul Batchelor comes with an enviable array of powers. His work is rich, rewarding and original.' - Sean O'Brien 'The fact is that Batchelor has an imagination and possesses resources of form, information and vocabulary, and he's not afraid to use any of them.' - Michael Hulse, Poetry Review 'A poet with heart - Batchelor knows how to write social injustice - a sense of anger and pity is never far from his confident, clear spoken poems.' - Kate Bingham, Poetry London

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