Portrait of Patricia Debney

Patricia Debney

Reader in Creative Writing
Director of Education

About

(BA, Oberlin College, USA; MA, UEA) 

Patricia has published four books of poetry, a novel and numerous poems and short stories in anthologies and journals as well as onlineSome of her poems have been set for solo voice and she has also translated and adapted texts to create libretti for chamber opera and small ensembles. She is a founding member of the publishing collective WordAid, and in 2007/08 she was the first Canterbury Laureate. Since then she has delivered readings and led number of interdisciplinary writing projects, mainly in collaboration with city and local councils, universities, the Canterbury Festival and the Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival. She has taught creative writing for over 25 years across all levels and stages: for Arvon, adult education, in prisons and in schools. At Kent, she particularly relishes teaching prose poetry and translation. She lives near Cambridge with her composer partner and their two nearly-grown children.

Please click here to read a review of Patricia's new collection Baby.

Research interests

Creative writing, Prose Poetry, Translation, Autobiographical writing

Teaching


Supervision

Patricia is interested in supervising research in the following areas of creative writing: the prose poem, the short story, the short novel/novella, and autobiographical writing.

Publications

Showing 50 of 66 total publications in the Kent Academic Repository. View all publications.

Article

  • Debney, P. (2013). Rising Tide. The Sunday Times:0-0.
    prose poem
  • Debney, P. (2013). Never Rains but It Pours. balance .:16.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2012). A New Era. balance .:18.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2012). Edge-Walking. balance .:16.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2012). Exam Time. balance .:14.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2012). What They Carry. balance .:14.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2012). It’s Fine. balance .:14.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2012). The Big Picture. balance .:21.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2012). Two prose poems Frazer, T. ed. Shearsman 91 & 92 [Magazine]. Available at: http://www.shearsman.com/ws-public/uploads/223_shearsman_magazine_issue_91_and_92.pdf.
    Published in Shearsman 91 & 92 Summer 2012 edtion.
  • Debney, P. (2011). Testing the System. balance .:26.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2011). Family Matters. balance .:26.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
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    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2011). Family Matters. balance .:22.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2011). Family Matters. balance .:22.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2011). Six poems in Envoi. Envoi [Magazine].
  • Debney, P. (2010). The Rough with the Smooth. balance .:12.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2010). Each Finds a Way. balance .:12.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2010). What People Say. balance .:12.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family
  • Debney, P. (2010). Luckier Than Most. balance .:53-54.
    memoir column about living with type 1 diabetes in the family

Book

  • Debney, P. (2016). Baby. Wales, UK: Liquorice Fish Books.
  • Debney, P. (2013). Littoral. Shearsman Books.
    A year after her young son's diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, Patricia Debney spent six weeks writing in a beach hut on the North Kent coast. From the often bleak, always shifting winds and seas, prose poems of loss and love emerged.

Book section

  • Debney, P. (2015). Dream 1 (reprint). In: Berry, E. and Lumsden, R. eds. The Best British Poetry 2015. Cromer, UK: Salt, pp. 30-30.
    Anthologised poem.
  • Debney, P. (2015). Hummingbird. In: Craig, A. ed. past Tense. Wales Uk: Liquorice Fish Books, pp. 7-7.
    Prose poem.
  • Debney, P. (2015). Armour of Light. In: Tears in the Fence. Dorset, UK: Tears in the Fence, pp. 13-18.
    A long poem.
  • Debney, P. (2014). Onshore Wind. In: Skinner, R. ed. #1 Poetry Anthology. Vanguard Editions, pp. 0-0.
    Prose poem
  • Debney, P. (2014). Dream 1. In: Lehane, D. ed. Litmus. Litmus Publishing, pp. 0-0.
    Poem
  • Debney, P. (2013). Four poems in Shearsman Magazine: ’Things You’ve Said to Me Which I Still Have Doubts About’; ’Things Which Had I Stopped to Consider - Really Consider - Or if I’d been Older - Might Have Been Clues’; ’Things I Now Know to Be True’; ’Things I Now Know to Be Untrue’. In: Corcoran, K. ed. Shearsman Magazine. Shearsman Books, pp. 54-55.
    four prose poems
  • Debney, P. (2013). Five poems in Envoi: ’January’; ’Tears’; ’Rain at Night’; ’Admonition’; ’Excision’. In: Cinnamon Press, p. .-.
    five prose poems
  • Debney, P. (2013). Whitstable Spit. In: The Forward Book of Poetry 2014. Faber & Faber, pp. 0-0.
    Highly Commended prose poem
  • Debney, P. (2012). What We Did. In: Salway, S. ed. Wise Words: The Canterbury Laureate Anthology. Categorical Books.
    Interview with Canterbury Laureate Sarah Salway
  • Debney, P. (2012). Writing the Prose Poem. In: Walker, E. ed. Teaching Creative Writing: Practical Approaches. The Professional and Higher Partnership.
    exercise and writing suggestions
  • Debney, P. (2012). Five poems in Shearsman Magazine. In: Shearsman Magazine. Shearsman Books, pp. 64-65.
    five prose poems
  • Debney, P. (2012). Put it on a postcard: capturing the poetic moment in prose. In: Walker, E. ed. Teaching Creative Writing. The Professional and Higher Partnership Ltd, pp. 107-110.
    A creative writing exercise about prose poetry.

Conference or workshop item

  • Debney, P. (2015). The feasibility of defining the prose poem: how can you teach what you don’t know?. In: NAWE Conference 2015.
    Paper delivered to the NAWE conference in 2015 -- about the process of teaching the prose poem to advanced students.
  • Debney, P. (2011). Glass Houses. In: Poetry and Higher Education.
    an investigation of the place of poetry within the public engagement agenda in HE
  • Debney, P. (2011). Writing Prose Poetry. In: NAWE Annual Conference.
    Paper and workshop exploring the writing of the prose poem -- what is it, how do we write it? -- alongside doing it -- what do we produce? how do we know if it's a prose poem?
  • Debney, P. (2010). Mapping Difference. In: Poetry and Voice.
    A paper investigating the shift in my creative work resulting from my son't diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

Edited book

  • Debney, P. (2011). Slantways: An Anthology of Prose Poems. Debney, P. and Kahawatte, J. eds. Categorical Books.
    prose poems collected in aid of JDRF for the WordAid publishing collective

Internet publication

  • Debney, P. (2016). Writing ’Baby’ [Internet]. Available at: http://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/blog/entry/baby.
    A blogpost about the writing process and origins of my book 'Baby'.
  • Debney, P. (2016). The People Either Side of You Who Have Families That Visit and Furniture in Their Apartments, I Meet the People Either Side of Your Who Have Families That Visit and Furniture in Their Apartments, What I Might Say to the People Either Side of You Who Have Families That Visit and Furniture in Their Apartments [Internet]. Available at: http://www.theharlequin.org/.
    Three poems.
  • Debney, P. and Gaffield, N. (2015). Four Ghazals for Tony Frazer [Internet]. Available at: http://tonyfrazer.weebly.com/nancy-gaffield--patricia-debney.html.
    Part of the Festschrift celebrating Tony Frazer's contribution to contemporary poetry.

Other

  • Debney, P. (2014). ’Ma’Sensing Spaces: Wandering Words. [book]. Available at: http://www.ekphrasis.org.uk.
    Ekphrastic poems written in response to the Royal Academy of Art Exhibition 'Sensing Spaces'
  • Kent students, a and Kent staff, a (2010). Short Stories on the Buses Debney, P. ed. [Posters on buses].
    co-editor of flash fiction pieces from UKent staff and students. Displayed on UNI buses.

Performance

  • Debney, P. (2015). Five Poems for the 50th. [Composition].
  • Debney, P. (2013). Pride of Britain Poem. [Television]. ITV. Available at: https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/pride-of-britain-awards/series-14/episode-1-the-daily-mirror-pride-of-britain-awards.
    Introductory poem for the annual ITV series Pride of Britain.
  • Debney, P. and Gaffield, N. (2012). Four Ghazals. [Live performance/spoken word].
    Four ghazals written for performance with the improvisation group Common Objects, performed in the Sounds New Festival in May 2012. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later in the year.
  • Gaffield, N. and Debney, P. (2012). Common Objects: Four Ghazals. [Live performance].

Review

  • Debney, P. (2014). Review of Carrie Etter’s Imagined Sons. The Shearsman Review [Online]:0-0. Available at: http://www.shearsman.com/ws-blog/post/590-carrie-etter--imagined-sons.

Thesis

  • Crewe, S. (2017). Working Class women’s Psychogeography in Experimental Poetry: The Work of Geraldine Monk and Maggie O’Sullivan & Floss.
    This thesis aims to examine the poetry of the aforementioned writers in the context of both social class and the locations that arise from this demograph. Due attention is given to Monk's Interregnum and Noctivagations, and O'Sullivan's Waterfalls and Divisions of Labour, through the lens of the authors as working class women. The accompanying creative sequence aims to apply the same principles of working class women's psychogeography to my own work, through both Monk and O'Sullivan's methods of giving voice to the "unsaid" and "unseen" in innovative poetry.
  • Crewe, S. (2017). Working Class women’s Psychogeography in Experimental Poetry: The Work of Geraldine Monk and Maggie O’Sullivan.
    This thesis aims to examine the poetry of the aforementioned writers in the context of both social class and location. Due attention is given to Monk's Interregnum and Noctivagations, and O'Sullivan's Waterfalls and Divisions of Labour, through the lens of the authors as working class women. The accompanying creative sequence aims to apply the same principles of working class women's psychogeography to my own work, through both Monk and O'Sullivan's methods of giving voice to the "unsaid" and "unseen" realm of the "Other" in innovative poetry.
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