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Natalie Scott is a writer and academic from the northeast of England. She has poetry collections published by Mudfog, Bradshaw Books, Indigo Dreams and Valley Press. Her latest collection Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison received Award-Winning Finalist in the International Book Awards 2020 and Special Mentions in two categories of the Saboteur Awards 2020. She received funding from the Arts Council of England to develop the collection as a musicalised adaptation which was performed by a West End cast. Natalie’s poems and articles are represented in over 40 literary and academic journals, including Aesthetica, Agenda, Ambit, Cork Literary Review, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Live Canon, Orbis, Places of Poetry, Poetry Scotland, Spelt Magazine and York Literary Review. Her work has celebrated much critical acclaim from those inside and outside the writing spheres, including representatives from The House of Commons. She has been interviewed for media including London Live TV, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Tees, Zetland Radio, Islington Tribune, The Northern Echo and multiple writers’ blogs. Natalie is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Arts University Bournemouth and was the creator of the AUB International Poetry Prize, judged by Glyn Maxwell, now in its third year running. She has many years of experience as an educator, including being Lead Examiner for the AQA A Level in Creative Writing. Natalie holds credentials in poetry therapy and journal therapy and facilitates courses for many diverse populations as part of her writing for wellbeing initiative Pen Power and in conjunction with festivals, libraries, community groups and organisations such as Lapidus and NAWE.

Read more in Natalie’s own words here.

Published Works

Cover of Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison published by Valley Press

Read more about Natalie’s published works: her poetry collections, journal publications, awards and competition successes, reviews, endorsements and press coverage. Click the links to read some of her poems online and let her know what you think by dropping her a message via the contact button. You might even feel inclined to buy a signed copy of one of her books!

Project Portfolio

Natalie with director Simon Greiff working on the ACE funded stage adaptation of Rare Birds

Read more about the creative projects Natalie has been commissioned to work on, including the ACE funded adaptations of her collections for the stage Rare Birds and Berth and collaborations with other inspiring poets and writers. Having a background in painting and drawing, she also enjoys working on projects with visual artists, such as David Watson and Kim McDermottroe.

Pen Power

Pen Power official logo

Being a certified facilitator in the field of poetry therapy, Natalie has received many commissions to work on collaborative projects with other creative professionals and community groups in conjunction with her writing for wellbeing initiative Pen Power. She has especially fond memories of working with the Teesside Ability Support Centre as part of the My Town My Future project organised by Middlesbrough Libraries.

Events & Courses

Natalie performing at the launch of Rare Birds, on International Women’s Day 2020

See where Natalie has presented her work in the past and keep checking for updates on gigs she’s got coming up in the future. This is also the place to check for any workshops and courses she has pencilled in the diary, such as her quarterly writing group Seasonal Space to Write, which is currently taking place online. You can read some of the nice things people have to say about her events. And you could even ask her for some support with your own writing.

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