Pat Borthwick has won many poetry prizes including the Amnesty International, Blue Nose Poet of the Year, the Templar Pamphlet Competition, the Italian Poetry on the Lake and the Anglo-Canadian Petra Kenney. She received an International Writers’ Hawthornden Award in 2003. She has several pamphlets and three full length collections: Between Clouds and Caves (Littlewood Arc 1990), Swim (Mudfog 2005) and Admiral FitzRoy’s Barometer (Templar 2008).
Billy Collins describes her work as being ‘the real business’, while Simon Armitage says that ‘her poems are like maps with which you can truly find your way’. Pat has been Writer in Residence for, among others, a canal, a coalmine, a chalk cliff, the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds. In 2010 she co-ordinated the webbased GPS project in East Yorkshire for the South Bank. Currently she is a Creative Writing tutor for the Open College of Arts, Stanza rep for Rural Yorkshire and Writer in Residence for the RSPB centre at Bempton Cliffs.