The Acts of Oblivion is the new collection of poetry by UEA alumnus Paul Batchelor and has recently been published by Carcanet. Paul graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2000. His first collection The Sinking Road was published by Bloodaxe in 2008 and shortlisted for the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Best First Collection Prize and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry. He has also published a chapbook, The Love Darg (2014, Clutag), and edited a collection of essays, Reading Barry MacSweeney (2013, Bloodaxe). He has won an Eric Gregory Award, the Times Stephen Spender Prize for Translation, and the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. His poems and translations have appeared in several anthologies and in Granta, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Poetry, PN Review, Poetry Review, the Times, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is Director of Creative Writing at Durham University.