School of English


(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.

Contact Information


Office: NC 35a (Rutherford Extension)

School of English

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Debney, P. (2016). Baby. Wales, UK: Liquorice Fish Books.
Debney, P. (2013). Littoral. Shearsman Books.
Debney, P. (2007). Losing You. bluechrome.
Debney, P. (2005). How to Be a Dragonfly. Smith Doorstop Books.
Edited book
Debney, P. and Kahawatte, J. eds. (2011). Slantways: an anthology of prose poems. Categorical Books.
Book section
Debney, P. (2015). Armour of Light. in: Tears in the Fence. Dorset, UK: Tears in the Fence, pp. 13-18.
Debney, P. (2015). Dream 1 (reprint). in: Berry, E. and Lumsden, R. eds. The Best British Poetry 2015. Cromer, UK: Salt, pp. 30-30.
Debney, P. (2015). Hummingbird. in: Craig, A. ed. past tense. Wales Uk: Liquorice Fish Books, pp. 7-7.
Debney, P. (2014). Dream 1. in: Lehane, D. ed. Litmus. Litmus Publishing, pp. 0-0.
Debney, P. (2014). Onshore Wind. in: Skinner, R. ed. #1 Poetry Anthology. Vanguard Editions, pp. 0-0.
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.
Debney, P. (2013). Whitstable Spit. in: The Forward Book of Poetry 2014. Faber & Faber, pp. 0-0.
Debney, P. (2013). Five poems in Envoi: 'January'; 'Tears'; 'Rain at Night'; 'Admonition'; 'Excision'. in: Cinnamon Press, p. .-.
Debney, P. (2012). Five poems in Shearsman Magazine. in: Shearsman Magazine. Shearsman Books, pp. 64-65.
Debney, P. (2012). Writing the Prose Poem. in: Walker, E. ed. Teaching Creative Writing: Practical Approaches. The Professional and Higher Partnership.
Debney, P. (2012). What We Did. in: Salway, S. ed. Wise Words: The Canterbury Laureate Anthology. Categorical Books.
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.
Debney, P. (2008). Introduction. in: Debney, P. ed. Entirely New: writing produced under the Canterbury Laureate Programme 2007-2008. Canterbury City Council.
Debney, P. (2006). Welsh Poppy. in: The Forward Book of Poetry 2007. Faber & Faber, p. .-.
Debney, P. (2006). After Last Night's Rain. in: Tales of the Decongested. London: Apis Books, p. .-.
Debney, P. (2005). Untitled. in: Sentence: a journal of prose poetics. Texas USA: Firewheel Editions.
Debney, P. (2013). Never Rains but It Pours. balance .:16.
Debney, P. (2013). Rising Tide. The Sunday Times:0-0.
Debney, P. (2012). Two prose poems Frazer, T. ed. Shearsman 91 & 92 [Magazine]. Available at:
Debney, P. (2012). Edge-Walking. balance .:16.
Debney, P. (2012). It's Fine. balance .:14.
Debney, P. (2012). What They Carry. balance .:14.
Debney, P. (2012). The Big Picture. balance .:21.
Debney, P. (2012). Exam Time. balance .:14.
Debney, P. (2012). A New Era. balance .:18.
Debney, P. (2011). Family Matters. balance .:22.
Debney, P. (2011). Family Matters. balance .:22.
Debney, P. (2011). Family Matters. balance .:26.
Debney, P. (2011). Testing the System. balance .:26.
Debney, P. (2011). Six poems in Envoi. Envoi [Magazine].
Debney, P. (2011). Family Matters. balance .:22.
Debney, P. (2010). What People Say. balance .:12.
Debney, P. (2010). The Rough with the Smooth. balance .:12.
Debney, P. (2010). Each Finds a Way. balance .:12.
Debney, P. (2010). Luckier Than Most. balance .:53-54.
Debney, P. (2007). Over Here: Being an American Writer and Educator in the UK. Over Here: Being and American Writers and Educator in the UK:0-0.
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.
Debney, P. (2011). Writing Prose Poetry. in: NAWE Annual Conference.
Debney, P. (2011). Glass Houses. in: Poetry and Higher Education.
Debney, P. (2010). Mapping Difference. in: Poetry and Voice.
Debney, P. (2010). Rocking the Boat. in: NAWE Annual Conference.
Internet publication
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:
Debney, P. (2016). Writing 'Baby' [Internet]. Available at:
Debney, P. and Gaffield, N. (2015). Four Ghazals for Tony Frazer [Internet]. Available at:
Debney, P. (2014). 'Ma'Sensing Spaces: Wandering Words. [book]. Available at:
Debney, P. (2008). Christmas Haiku. [Greeting card].
Debney, P. (2015). Five Poems for the 50th. [Composition].
Debney, P. (2013). Pride of Britain Poem. [Television]. ITV. Available at:
Gaffield, N. and Debney, P. (2012). Common Objects: Four Ghazals. [Live performance].
Debney, P. and Gaffield, N. (2012). Four ghazals. [Live performance/spoken word].
Debney, P. (2014). Review of Carrie Etter's Imagined Sons. The Shearsman Review [Online]:0-0. Available at:
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Research Interests

  • Creative writing
  • Prose poetry
  • Translation
  • Autobiographical writing
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Research 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.

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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 11/04/2017