Natalie Scott is a North-East based poet and educator with a PhD in Creative Writing, specialising in multimodal poetry and the dramatic monologue form. She is an experienced workshop leader and facilitates writing sessions for a range of diverse community groups, including those living with dementia, vulnerable women, excluded children and adults with special educational needs.
In 2017 she was commissioned by Middlesbrough Libraries to work as a writer and tutor for their Arts Council funded project ‘My Town My Future’, which was shortlisted for the 'Working Together for Middlesbrough Award' 2018.
Natalie's poems have appeared in literary journals including Aesthetica, Agenda, Ambit, Dream Catcher, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Orbis, English in Education, Live Canon, Other Poetry, Poetry Scotland, South Magazine and York Literary Review.
Her latest project Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison was awarded stage two funding from the Arts Council of England, and is due for completion in 2019/20. For more information on this project see the Facebook page here.
Natalie 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. In early 2016 Natalie established Pen Power - Writing for Wellbeing, which offers a range of workshops. See website www.penpower.org.uk for more details.
She has been invited to appear at festivals and events including Crossing the Tees, T-junction, Poetry at the Parsonage, Sedgefield Book Festival, Middlesbrough Literature Festival and Darlington Arts Festival. In early 2018 she was commissioned to work as a visiting ‘Poet in Schools’ as part of the pre-festival programme for T-junction Poetry Festival. She has been a speaker at the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE) Conferences in Bristol and Durham, and 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 fifteen years' experience of teaching and tutoring 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 facilitates 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.