Suzanne Batty writes bold, flamboyant, risky poems which come from left field and Manchester, mixing dogs and people, mean streets and threats from inside. In her first book-length collection, "The Barking Thing", the real and unreal are deliberately confused. The book creates a fantastical landscape in which actual experience can be transformed through archetypes and fairytales, urban myths and nightmares. Suzanne Batty was one of the winners of the Poetry Business pamphlet competition in 1997 with Shrink (Smith/Doorstop). She is a founder member of the urban poetry project The A6 Poets, and lives in Manchester.