Yvonne Battle-Felton

Biography

Yvonne is an American writer living in Lancaster, UK. A writer of fiction and Creative Nonfiction, her writing has been published in riverSedge, Assisi, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, Welter, Slices, and The Chesapeake Reader Literary Journal. Winner of a Northern Writers Award in fiction (2017), her first novel, Remembered (forthcoming 2019), is the story of an emancipated slave haunted by both the past and the present as she struggles to lead her dying son home. Yvonne explores silence, legacies of slavery, motherhood, and community. Yvonne was shortlisted for the Words and Women Competition (2017) and commended for children?s writing in the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017). Yvonne is represented by the Elise Dillsworth agency and holds an MA in Writing (Dual Concentration fiction and nonfiction) from Johns Hopkins University and a Creative Writing PhD from Lancaster University. She is an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University and a Lecturer at University of Cumbria. Yvonne is a creative producer, writer, and is co-Director of North West Literary Arts CIC.

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Genre

Fiction, Short Stories, Creative Nonfiction

Publications & Performance History

Debut novel, "Remembered" forthcoming Feb. 2019, (Dialogue Books). Short stories and personal essays. Performance History: Read/perform creative nonfiction at monthly true story open mic night. Read/perform: Spotlight, Bad Language, BBC Diversity Week 2017, First Draft, Verbose

Workshop & Reading Experience

Extensive workshop experience in Higher Education and Further Education Experience delivering/creating community workshops Readings Experience: experience reading/performing my own writing at various venues Extensive experience chairing events: Presenting/Chair: North West Literary Salon, Yaa Gyasi reading, events for Litfest and Lancaster Words, writing panels and events Extensive experience facilitating and leading events. Presenter: The Writing Life Radio Show

Reference

Jenn Ashworth (writer and former thesis supervisor) Lancaster University Elise Dillsworth (agent) The Elise Dillsworth Agency

Group size preference

flexible: small group workshops, larger group readings with Q&A, and individual writing sessions.

Group age preference

16+

Working languages

English

Area prepared to travel

Lancashire, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, and surrounding areas.

North West Libraries

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