Paul Batchelor

After Peter Reading

One funny thing about a university education'sthe unexpected opportunities it will afford you:in my case, middle-class girls who(now they tell me) only liked me for my vowels.One I caught on the bounce between a Crispin & a Tristramtook me home to Littlemiddleshireonly to leave me speechless & alonewith a dull-eyed eau-de-nil cushion fetishist known as 'Mum'and port-&-Stilton Daddy whowouldn't say he was prejudiced, not at all,just didn't like Asiansor Socialists — and just did like traction engines,battle reenactments, and skiffle music. 'Paul,when you say English Revolution,are you referring to the Civil War?Gosh. And is that what you write about?' StillI put up with it. It must be love.

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Paul Batchelor was born in Northumberland. His first book, The Sinking Road, appeared from Bloodaxe in 2008. A chapbook, The Love Darg, appeared from Clutag in 2014. He is Director of Creative Writing at Durham University.

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University of Sheffield

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