Yvonne Battle-FeltonWriter, Lecturer, Event Organizer, Workshop Leader, Event Chair/Host
I write and publish fiction and creative nonfiction. My writing has been published in literary journals and I have read my work as part of live literature events at Verbose, Bad Language, Spotlight, First Draft, for BBC Diversity, and for my own true story open mic night, Stories at the Storey. Stories build communities.
I won the Northern Writers Award in fiction (2017) and my first novel, Remembered, published by Dialogue Books February 2019, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. I am interested in narratives that explore silence, identity, legacies, trauma, motherhood, community, and relationships. I’m also interested in creating and watching stories that explore relationships and identity for women over 40. I was shortlisted for the Sunderland University short story award (2018) and Words and Women Competition (2017) and commended for children’s writing in the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017).
I hold an MA in Writing (Dual Concentration fiction and nonfiction) from Johns Hopkins University and a Creative Writing PhD from Lancaster University. As an artist, I’m interested in representation, identity and place. I want to create stories and experiences that celebrate and explore diverse voices and allows us to control our own narrative, representation, cultural memory, and cultural footprint. Whether I’m writing stories, a novel, creative nonfiction, script, or spoken word, stories, home, and relationships seem to be at the heart of what I create.