Susan Utting (poet)

Deafness and poetry: Susan Utting interviewed for The Limping Chicken

Two Rivers Press poet, Susan Utting, is interviewed by Juliet England, about deafness and poetry.   Read the interview here.   Two of Susan’s poems “Report to the Department of Audiology” and “Lip-reading the Poets”, appear with the interview.  Both … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017: Susan Utting at Loose Muse

You are invited to: LOOSE MUSE – London’s Premiere Women’s Writers Night Wednesday, May 10th (and every second Wednesday of the month) Upstairs @ The Sun Pub, 21 Drury Lane (on the corner of Betterton Street), London WC2B 5RH  8.00 … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017: Susan Utting in Chichester

Susan Utting is a Guest Poet at Chichester Poetry, 7.30 pm, New Park Community Arts Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7XY.  Please join us there!

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Thursday, 27 April 2017: Susan Utting reads at The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon

On 27 April, Susan Utting will be the Guest Poet at “Words & Ears”, 7.15 pm, The Swan Hotel, 1, Church Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN. You are invited to join her there and/or to buy copies of her … Continue reading

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Monday, 10 April 2017: Utting reads poetry in Richard Jeffries Museum

  You are invited to attend a poetry reading at the Swindon launch of Susan Utting’s Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems. When:   Where: Poems in the Sitting Room, Richard Jeffries Museum, Marlborough Road, Swindon SN3 6AA … Continue reading

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Friday, 14 April 2017: Susan Utting at Poets’ Café

Join us at the Poets’ Café to hear Susan Utting and other poets read their works. Set up by Two Rivers Press poet, Susan Utting, 20 years ago, the Poets’ Café is Reading’s longest-running and best-loved poetry platform! Held on the … Continue reading

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Launch of Susan Utting’s “Half the Human Race”

On Sunday, 12 March, 2017, Half the Human Race: New and Selected Poems  by Susan Uttig, was launched!   If you were not at the launch, here’s a summary of what you missed. (You can still order up your copy of … Continue reading

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Sunday, 12 March 2017: Launch of Susan Utting’s new collection, Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems

Come to the launch of poet Susan Utting‘s new collection, Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems!   This volume includes poems from three previous collections, alongside new work reflecting and developing earlier themes of the lives of women, particularly those who are too … Continue reading

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Thursday, 30 March 2017: Poetry Reading with Susan Utting, Anna-May Laugher and Claire Dyer

You are invited to the first Oxford reading of Susan Utting‘s Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems with special guests, Anna-May Laugher and Claire Dyer reading their own brand new and selected poems. When: 7 for 7.30pm Where: the … Continue reading

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Utting’s “Opening the Windows” wins The Poetry Society’s “Getting Out” competition

  Susan Utting’s poem, “Opening the Windows” was  selected by judge Anna Woodford as one of 6 winning poems in The Poetry Society’s ‘Getting Out’ competition.  What a lovely way to end 2016! Congratulations, Susan!   Opening the Windows       … Continue reading

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Susan Utting’s prize winning poetry in Half The Human Race

Congratulations to Susan whose poem, ‘Opening the Windows’,  was one of the 6 winning poems in the Poetry Society’s ‘Getting Out’ competition.   Her poem will be featured in the winter issue (2016) of Poetry News and in her forthcoming poetry collection Half … Continue reading

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Successes for Two Rivers Press Poets at Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition

The 24th Wells Festival of Literature is going on right now:  October 14-22, 2016. The Festival runs a poetry competition each year and announces the winners at the festival.   It is with great pleasure and not just a little … Continue reading

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6 October 2016: National Poetry Day celebrated with Susan Utting

How nice to wake up on National Poetry Day and to find that your poem appears on the Poetry Society page for the day.   That is what happened to Two Rivers Press poet, Susan Utting. Her poem Elective Mute  was … Continue reading

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Sunday 29 May 2016: Poetry Reading in Oxford

Join us for an evening of poetry.   Three Two Rivers Poets: Kate Behrens, Ian House, Susan Utting  will read from their latest collections and new work, in Oxford at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore  34, Walton Street OX2 6AA on Sunday 29th May, 7:00 pm . [£2 entry] … Continue reading

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Poem: “Lip-reading the Poets” by Susan Utting for Deaf Awareness Week! 

A bit of exciting news from our poet, Susan Utting. She read her recent poem “Lip-Reading the Poets” at the Henley Arts Trail last week and was asked by a woman in the audience if she could have a copy … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Susan Utting

We’d like to say, “Well done!” to our poet, Susan Utting.  She has won third prize in the  Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Competition.  Not bad considering there were over 1700 entries!  Winners were announced Tuesday, 19 April, 2016. Of Susan’s poem … Continue reading

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Review: Philip Gross reviews Utting’s Fair’s Fair

If you subscribe to the Poetry Business’ magazine, The North, you may have seen a review of Susan Utting’s collection, Fair’s Fair, in The North, issue 54, Autumn 2015, in which the reviewer, poet Philip Gross writes: Utting unashamedly loves language, and it seems … Continue reading

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Susan Utting wins 2nd prize in McLellan poetry competition

Two Rivers Press would like to congratulate Susan Utting. Susan’s “Self-Portrait as a Ticked Box” took 2nd prize in the McLellan poetry competition.   Self-Portrait as a Ticked Box I would paint myself green for the luck of the Irish, purple … Continue reading

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Thursday, 2 October, 2014: HIGH WIRE ACT: POEMS OF FLIGHT with Claire Dyer, Susan Utting, and Lesley Saunders

As part of the four day Swindon Poetry Festival  (2-5 October 2014) , poets Claire Dyer, Susan Utting, and Lesley Saunders explore the meanings of flight, whether in balloons, space-ships and parachutes, or as imaginary birds, or in human relationships. … Continue reading

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Reading our poets in other places….

  Lesley Saunders’ poem, “On Nazim Gafurri Street”  appears in the Members’ Poems in  Poetry News  (Summer 2014). In every issue of Poetry News, a leading poet is asked for his or her pick of members’ poems on a chosen … Continue reading

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Our amazing poets: Susan Utting

Poets are busy people.  They write poems.  They give readings.  They enter competitions.  They publish their poems in collections.   They are amazing and we love them here at Two Rivers Press. Our very own Susan Utting has, just this … Continue reading

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Friday, October 25, 2013: Poetry Cafe at Torbay Poetry Festival with Susan Utting and Jennifer McGowan

Nothing to do this weekend?  Consider the Torbay Poetry Festival. What could be better than a  weekend full of poetry in Torbay’s beautiful ambience. With twenty-five events, poetry will fill this weekend: listen to poetry readings; learn more about writing … Continue reading

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Friday, 4 October, 2013: TRP poets at Swindon Poetry Festival

Susan Utting, Adrian Blamires and Ian House will be reading at the Swindon Poetry Festival’s “Up the Junctions! A metaphorical day trip of poems and places along the M4 corridor“. Their slot is at 3pm – 3.45pm: Having a cake … Continue reading

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Friday, September 27, 2013: Two Rivers Press poets at Pangbourne Hall of Sound

Please come and listen to and meet Two Rivers Press poets, Susan Utting, Jean Watkins and Claire Dyer These lovely ladies are doing a reading at Pangbourne Hall of Sound (Pangbourne Village Hall) this Friday 27th September at 7.30 pm. … Continue reading

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11- 12 June, 2013 Two River Press poets at A Week of Good Poetry, Bath, UK

A WEEK OF GOOD POETRY 10 – 15 JUNE BATH CENTRAL LIBRARY  As part of  A Week of Good Poetry – Bath Poetry Cafe, which starts 10 June, 2013, Claire Dyer, Lesley Saunders and Susan Utting will be holding talks … Continue reading

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Review: Adam Piette reviews Susan Utting’s Fair’s Fair

This review of Susan utting’s collection Fair’s Fair appears on issue No. 9 of Blackbox Manifold, on online forum with a slant towards innovative poetry that has prose, narrative, or sequences in its sights. Susan Utting’s collection from Two Rivers … Continue reading

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Review: Susan Utting’s “Fair’s Fair” in The North 49

Extracts from David Cooke’s review of Susan Utting’s in The North 49 http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/shop/815/489/north-49 Fair’s Fair is dedicated to the memory of ‘Sue and Ron of the Blue Ball Inn’… In ‘Lament for Susie Green’, the poet has composed a litany … Continue reading

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November 12th, 2012: Susan Utting poem is Oxford Brookes’ Poetry Centre’s weekly poem

Susan Utting’s poem Naked, from her collection “Fair’s Fair“, is Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre‘s  ‘weekly poem’ this week!    

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Review: Susan Utting’s Fair’s Fair reviewed in Magma 54

  In the November 2102, issue of Magma Poetry (The Visible and the Invisible), issue 54, on page 13, there is a review of Susan Utting’s poetry collection, Fair’s Fair. The reviewer, David Morely, writes: “The strengths of Susan Utting’s … Continue reading

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Review: Susan Utting’s Fair’s Fair reviewed in Ambit Magazine

Fair’s Fair  by Susan Utting Two Rivers Press, £7.95 Review Extract Susan Utting is never intimidating. Her poems welcome you in and they are invariably well made. They sound good too: it’s a pleasure to encounter a collection that flows … Continue reading

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Saturday, 12 May 2012 Caversham Arts Trail: poetry reading with Susan Utting and Gill Learner, 3pm

It is almost time for the third Caversham Arts Trail. The Trail this year takes place on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May and Friday 18th – Sunday 20th May. All venues are open from 11am to 5pm. With 32 … Continue reading

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Review: Mike Bartholemew-Biggs of Lond Grip reviews Utting’s Fair’s Fair

Mike Bartholemew-Biggs of Lond Grip has reviewed Susan Utting’s collection, Fair’s Fair. His concludes his review with this summary… I’d like to close by revisiting Utting’s dexterity with language. Besides her freely-scattered and lively compound adjectives, there are many other … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 8 May 2012: International Music and Poetry Evening, Holywell Music Room, Oxford 7pm

Turkmen and Russian musicians and composers will improvise on the piano and theremin, and perform works of Chopin, Halmammedov, Erkin and Ledenev. Two Rivers Press poet, Susan Utting, will be among the British and Eurasian poets reading their own works. … Continue reading

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Saturday, 5 May, 2012: Henley Arts Trail event, 2pm

On Saturday, 5 May, 2012 Susan Utting, our award winning Berkshire poet will read from her brand new poetry collection, Fair’s Fair. Fair’s Fair has been described as ‘joyous, heartbreaking, ramm’d with life’ with poems that shimmy in the mind … Continue reading

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Friday, 30 March 2012: Launch of Fair’s Fair at RISC, 19:45

You are warmly invited to join us at the Reading launch of Fair’s Fair, a new collection of poetry by Susan Utting, published by Two Rivers Press on Friday 30th March, from 7.45 in the Conference Hall at RISC, Reading … Continue reading

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Poem: Dictation by Susan Utting

Dictation It is the after-lunch, the p.m. dip, the bellyful of three more hours to go against the bodyclock that wants to slow itself, to droop its lids, to drift. And she’s not listening to a word he says, she’s … Continue reading

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Poem: The Taxidermist by Susan Utting

The Taxidermist Most times it’s knowing when to stop, to leave it, to let go’s the hardest bit; but this time something ticks inside his chest. A small flip-flutter and he’s laying down his grooming brush, standing back to look … Continue reading

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Poem: Fair’s Fair by Susan Utting

Fair’s Fair We are not all able to do all things Virgil, Eclogues viii Lend me your quickstep twinkle, your Highland Schottische and I’ll lend you the flex of my knees, my steady toes, my hop for your shuffle, your … Continue reading

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May 2011: Robinson and Utting in “The Captain’s Tower: Poems for Bob Dylan at 70″

Two Rivers Press is delighted to announce that their poets Peter Robinson and Susan Utting have both had poems selected to appear in the forthcoming Seren anthology, The Captain’s Tower: Poems for Bob Dylan at 70. Their poems will feature … Continue reading

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Poem: Naked by Susan Utting

More than I’d seen before, more than a rabbit, skinned by the sleight of a butcher’s hands, much more than the deft red of his wrists. More than a plucked bird on a hook like a capital ess in a … Continue reading

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Review of Houses Without Walls by Susan Utting in The North

Review by Sally Baker, The North Susan Utting, Houses Without Walls Susan Utting’s Houses Without Walls celebrates the minutiae of daily life, turning everyday objects into potent memories. She writes about distance and relationships, bones, snow, candles and bedsits. These … Continue reading

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Houses Without Walls by Susan Utting reviewed in Seam 26 by Frank Dullaghan

Seam 26 Review by Frank Dullaghan Susan Utting: Houses Without Walls Susan Utting is a good poet. This becomes very apparent as soon as you start reading this collection. There is a confidence and playfulness in the writing that makes … Continue reading

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Cannon’s Mouth Poetry Magazine reviews Houses Without Walls

Cannon’s Mouth Poetry Magazine Review by Don Barnard Houses Without Walls by Susan Utting This, Susan Utting’s third full collection, has nothing to prove and pretends nothing. It is honest, sometimes raw and always strangely comforting. Susan Utting explores the … Continue reading

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Belinda Cooke’s review in Acumen of Houses without Walls by Susan Utting

Acumen Review by Belinda Cooke THE JOY OF A REAL FIND Houses Without Walls by Susan Utting Think of the joy of a real find, say Keats looking into Chapman’s Homer or John Peel discovering ‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones … Continue reading

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Peterloo Poetry Prize winner Susan Utting was selected for the Times newspaper’s best love poem prize in February 2010. Her most recent collection, Houses Without Walls, (Two Rivers Press) was featured in the Independent on Sunday and has been widely and warmly reviewed, with a poem from the collection included in the best single poem category of the Forward Book of Poetry 2007.

Her work has won many awards, including a Poetry Business Prize for the collection Something Small is Missing . She has won the Berkshire Poetry Prize, the Hurry Poetry Prize, was a winner in the Academi Cardiff International and has twice been short listed for the Arvon Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Striptease, was published in 2001 by Smith/Doorstop Books.

Susan runs poetry workshops country wide, has taught poetry for Oxford University, Randolph Macon Women’s College and was Poetry & Creative Writing Tutor at Reading University for 17 years. She was appointed Community Laureate for Southern Arts’ Year of the Artist 2000/2001 and received the 2005-6 Creative Writing Fellowship from Reading University’s School of English & American Literature.

She is the founder of Reading’s acclaimed Poets’ Café, a member of Thin Raft Poets and Late Shift Poetry Ensemble. She has read and performed her poetry at arts venues and festivals including Edinburgh, StAnza at St Andrew’s, Ledbury, and for the Poetry Trust at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

Susan’s collection, Fair’s Fair, was published in the spring of 2012.

To learn more about Susan Utting and her poetry click here.