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Susan Wicks (UK)

Susan Wicks, poet and novelist, was born in Kent, England, in 1947. She read French at the universities of Hull and Sussex, and wrote a D. Phil. thesis on André Gide. She has lived and worked in France, Ireland and America and has taught at the University of Dijon, University College Dublin and the University of Kent. She is the author of five collections of poetry including Singing Underwater (1992), which won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, and The Clever Daughter (1996), which was short-listed for both the T. S. Eliot and Forward Prizes, and she was included in the Poetry Society's 'New Generation Poets' promotion in 1994. A short memoir, Driving My Father, was published in 1995. She is also the author of two novels, The Key (1997), the story of a middle-aged woman haunted by the memory of a former lover, and Little Thing (1998), an experimental novel about a young Englishwoman living and teaching in France. Her most recent book of poems, De-iced, came out from Bloodaxe in 2007, and a book of short stories, Roll Up for the Arabian Derby, from Bluechrome in 2008.

» Watch Susan Wicks read with Valérie Rouzeau at the Griffin Prize ceremony. Wicks's translation of Cold Spring in Winter was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize's International award.