by George J. Dance



Paul Batchelor (born 1977) is an English poet, academic, and literary critic.


Batchelor was born in Northumbria.[1]

He attended Newcastle University, where he received a Ph.D.[1]

Batchelor has taught English literature and creative writing for Durham University, MMU, and the Arvon Foundation.[2] He has worked as a literary critic for The Times and The Guardian.[3]


Batchelor won the Andrew Waterhouse Award in 2004, a Poetry Business Prize in 2005, and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2007.[4]

His debut collection, To Photograph a Snow Crystal, was a prize-winner in the Smith Doorstop pamphlet competition, and his earliest full-length collection, The Sinking Road, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Glen Dimplex First Collection Prize in 2008.[3]

In 2009, Batchelor won both the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition (with "Comeuppance") and the Stephen Spender Prize for Translation (with "The Damned").[3]


  • 2011 Arthur Welton Award (from the Arthur Welton Foundation)
  • 2010 Arts Council Bursary
  • 2009 The Times Stephen Spender Prize for Translation
  • 2009 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition
  • 2009 Writer of the Year (Journal Culture Awards)
  • 2008 Jerwood-Aldeburgh Best First Collection Prize (shortlist)
  • 2008 Glen Dimplex Best First Collection Prize (shortlist)
  • 2005 Poetry Business Prize
  • 2004 Andrew Waterhouse Award (from New Writing North)
  • 2003 Eric Gregory Award

Except where noted, award information courtesy Paul Batchelor.[1]



  • Fighting in the Captain's Tower (with J.P. Nosbaum). Syderstone, UK: Hawthorn, 2002.
  • To Photograph a Snow Crystal. Smith/Doorstop 2006.
  • The Sinking Road. Tarset, Northumberland, UK: Bloodaxe, 2008.
  • The Love Darg. Thame, UK: Clutag Press, 2014.


  • Reading Barry McSweeney. Tarset, Northumberland, UK: Bloodaxe, 2013.
"Bubble" - by Paul Batchelor

"Bubble" - by Paul Batchelor

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Biography,Paul Web, Dec. 25, 2013.
  2. Saturday 16th March, 2.30 – 4.00 pm Poetry by Paul Batchelor and Frances Leviston; music by Sam Andreae, Corey Mwamba and Seth Bennett, Poets & Players. Web, Dec. 25, 20313.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Paul Batchelor (b. 1977), The Poetry Archive. Web, Dec. 25, 2013.
  4. Paul Batchelor, Poetry Society. Web, Aug. 28, 2015.
  5. Search results = au:Paul Batchelor, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Aug. 27, 2015.

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