A Feast of Poetry: What lies behind the poems, and more…
Wokingham poet Susan Utting is proud to be sharing her poetry and an insight into her writing life with Wokingham U3A. She has four full poetry collections: Fair’s Fair and Houses Without Walls, Striptease, and her latest, Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems, published by Two Rivers Press in 2017. Susan has won many awards, including the Peterloo Prize, The Berkshire Poetry Prize and a Poetry Business Prize for Something Small is Missing. She was selected for The Times newspaper’s best love poem feature and has had work widely published. She was awarded a writing fellowship at Reading’s School of English and American Literature, and for the Year of the Artist, An Arts Council Laureateship. Her work was selected by the London Poetry Library to be recorded for Poetry International at the South Bank Centre, where it was broadcast along with other international poets’ work.
Susan was born in South London, moved twenty times in forty years, then settled, after a fashion, in Berkshire. Notions of home, identity and where she comes from frequently feature in her writing, as do the shifting lives of other women, the Half the Human Race of the title.
Susan studied Creative Writing at Sussex University and English with film and drama, as a very mature student, at Reading University, where she subsequently taught for more than 17 years. Those of us who love poetry are in for a rare treat.