I have been writing for over fifteen years. My first taste of taught Creative Writing was during my undergraduate programme of English at Lancaster University where I dabbled in a range of genres, writing mostly short stories and poetry. I loved the informality of sitting in a circle and being able to read and discuss my work openly with a sympathetic but critical audience. I realised then that I couldn’t leave writing behind and pursued a Masters at the Bretton Hall campus of Leeds University. The setting for my studies was in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by sheep and sculptures (it was in the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park!) and I used the almost idyllic setting as inspiration for many of my poems based on works of art, inspired by the curvaceous, organically formed shapes of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. I relished the challenges set by the exercises each week: write a story in which there are no full stops, write a piece of argumentative dialogue, write a poem which forms the undulating shapes of a river. I remember how proud I was when my tutor Terry Gifford presented me with a printed acetate copy of my ‘river’ poem, with a knowing look on his face, and said ‘this is for the lessons you’ll teach in the future’.
Since then I have completed a PhD in Creative Writing and am currently training in the field of Writing for Therapeutic Purposes to become a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator. Through my writing for wellbeing initiative Pen Power, I facilitate a range of workshop sessions for community groups which I thoroughly enjoy. The beauty of writing is that it can be accessed by all.
So far my writing career has resulted in a number of publications including my first pamphlet, Brushed (Mudfog 2009) which features 'Victorine or Naked Woman in Manet’s 'Le Déjeuner sur L’herbe', awarded finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition 2009, and full collection, Berth - Voices of the Titanic (Bradshaw Books 2012), awarded runner up in the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition 2011. Berth also won an Arts Council grant to be staged at ARC in Stockton, to coincide with the centenary of the Titanic disaster. My second pamphlet Frayed was published by Indigo Dreams in June 2016 and features a poem commissioned by Vivid Theatre Co. for their production ‘Just Checking’ which presents the life of an OCD sufferer. My poetry has appeared in journals including Ambit, Agenda, Other Poetry, South Magazine, Pennine Platform, English in Education, Live Canon and Poetry Scotland.
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Endorsement for Frayed:
“The poems in Frayed move assuredly between the rural and urban and some of the most inventive and memorable images occur at the uneasy intersection between the human and more-than-human worlds. Whether beautifully describing the precise moment at which an osprey fledges or recounting the end of a long-term relationship through the life story of a double mattress, Natalie Scott evokes the richness and fragility of both the human condition and the wider natural environment in which it's seen to play an often treacherous part.”