Paul Batchelor is Director of the Creative Writing MA at Durham University. His first book, The Sinking Road, was shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Best First Collection Prize and the Glen Dimplex Best First Collection Prize. He has also published a chapbook, The Love Darg, and edited a collection of essays, Reading Barry MacSweeney. He has received an Eric Gregory Award, The Times Stephen Spender Prize for Translation, and the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. His poems and translations have appeared in several anthologies and in publications including the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Poetry, Poetry Review, The Times, and the Times Literary Supplement.