Natalie Scott is a widely published poet and experienced facilitator from the North East of England. Natalie has a PhD in Creative Writing and is currently training in the field of Writing for Therapeutic Purposes to become a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator, under the mentorship of registered poetry therapist Victoria Field.
Natalie's writing career has resulted in a number of publications including two pamphlets and a full collection. Her first pamphlet Brushed (Mudfog 2009) features 'Victorine or Naked Woman in Manet’s 'Le Déjeuner sur L’herbe', awarded finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition 2009. Natalie’s full collection Berth - Voices of the Titanic (Bradshaw Books 2012), was awarded runner-up in the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition 2011. Berth won an Arts Council award to be staged by Vivid at ARC in Stockton, to coincide with the centenary of the Titanic disaster. Frayed (Indigo Dreams 2016) is Natalie’s second pamphlet and features a poem commissioned by Vivid Theatre for their production Just Checking.
Her poetry has appeared in journals including Ambit, Agenda, English in Education, Live Canon, Other Poetry, Pennine Platform, Poetry Scotland and South Magazine.
In early 2016 Natalie established Pen Power - a reading and writing for wellbeing initiative - which offers a range of workshops. See website www.penpower.org.uk for more details. She has been invited to participate in events and workshops throughout the northeast, with appearances including Middlesbrough Literary Festival and Darlington Arts Festival. For the past two years she has been a speaker at the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE) Conferences in Bristol and Durham. Natalie is a member of the Poetry Society, NAWE and Lapidus.
Natalie is qualified to teach English Literature, Language and Creative Writing up to post-compulsory level, having gained over ten years' experience of teaching in further and higher education settings. In these subject areas she also offers private tuition to students of all ages who require some extra support and motivation. Natalie is a tutor for writingclasses.co.uk where she runs creative writing courses in prose and poetry, offering online support to students from many parts of the world. She designed her own course 'Poetry First Steps' which is offered on a distance learning basis (see Mentoring page for details). Additionally, Natalie is a member of the Senior Examining Team for AQA's Creative Writing A Level which was launched in 2012.
Berth first full-length collection, Bradshaw Books, published April 2012
Endorsements for Berth
“Excellent” - Neil Astley, Bloodaxe Books
“If the likes of Smith, Ismay, Guggenheim and the passengers, crew and others depicted in this book were interviewed today their testimonies would not I think be too far away from the words that Natalie has written on their behalf.”
- Howard Nelson, Founder of the Titanic Heritage Trust
Brushed pamphlet, Mudfog Press, published Sept 2010
Endorsements for Brushed
“This is a bold pamphlet, and especially bold for a first collection—twenty poems, of which seven in a row are poetic responses to paintings, to represented rather than lived experience. Ekphrasis can be hard on the reader in the absence of illustrations, and in consequence is hard to do well as standalone work. In these poems, though, Natalie Scott succeeds admirably.”
- James Roderick Burns, Happenstance Press
Frayed pamphlet, Indigo Dreams, published May 2016
Endorsement for Frayed
“In this carefully-crafted collection of poems, Natalie Scott is a shape-shifter offering the reader surprising and vivid insights into a variety of worlds. The language is alive and the poems satisfyingly made. Precise, fresh, multi-layered and never predictable, ‘Frayed’ is a collection to read and reread.” - Victoria Field, poet and Poetry Therapist
‘Christmas Ghosts’ Live Canon: New Poems for Christmas Anthology, Dec 2015.
‘Chimneys’ Ambit Edition 222, Oct 2015.
‘This Mattress’ Agenda Broadsheet 25, Oct 2015.
‘The Governess’ English in Education vol. 49, iss. 3 (Wiley), Sep 2015.
‘Rigel’ Darlington Arts Festival Anthology, Jun 2014.
‘Mr and Mrs Marvin’ and 'Frederick Fleet' Cork Literary Review vol. 15, Feb 2014.
‘Hebridean Island Loop’ Poetry Scotland, Feb 2014.
‘Fog’ First Time Edition 64, Jan 2013.
‘SS Titanic’ Writers’ Block Zine, Apr 2012.
‘Wisdom’ Other Poetry, Aug 2010.
‘Victorine’ Aesthetica Creative Works, 2009.
‘Human Statue’ Selkirk Lapwing Press, Nov 2006.
‘Woman Leaning on a Balustrade’ South Magazine, Apr 2006.
‘Woman Hanging Washing in Escher’s Waterfall’ Not Dark Yet, Oct 2005.
‘Baby Talk’ Eye of the Storm, Oct 2003.
‘Curiosity Killed the Cliché’ From the Horse’s Mouth, Dec 2002.
Stars and Stripes and Other Poems, 2002. Self-published pamphlet.
‘White Lies’ Pennine Platform, Apr 2001.
‘Man on the Bus’ and ‘Guardian Angel’ First Time, Nov 2000.
‘Taken for a Ride’ Pennine Platform, Oct 2000.
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