Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Stephanie Norgate
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Stephanie Norgate is a playwright and poet. She was born and grew up in Selborne, Hampshire, where she spent part of her time reading the work of the naturalist Gilbert White and playing in his house and garden in the village, which impelled an early love of nature and writing. She read English and Latin literature at the Universities of Warwick and Oxford and now lives in Sussex with her husband and two children.

Stephanie is senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester and co-ordinator of the MA in Creative Writing programme. She has worked for the Arvon Foundation as a Centre Director, on the Management Committee at Totleigh Barton and later on the Arvon Council of Management

Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines such as: The Poetry Cure, Poetry London, Reactions, Magma, Mslexia, The North and Forward Poems of the Decade. Some poetry translations of Lucretius have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation. A Translation from Vergil’s Aeneid was highly commended in the Times/ Stephen Spender Poetry in Translation competition. Commissioned poems include ‘Green Lane’ (postcard poem Arts Council/Library Service), riddles and a children’s story based on Anglo-Saxon artefacts (Alfred the Great, Warfare, Wealth and wisdom, Winchester Exhibition Centre).  A selection of her poetry was also included in the anthology Oxford Poets 2000.

Stephanie Norgate’s first full length collection Hidden River (2008), was shortlisted for both the Forward First Collection Prize and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize

‘’An absolutely stunning first collection, combining craft and passion. The poems encompass many subjects, from powerful and moving poems about grief and loss, to sensual love poems, poems about history and place, to poems that reach out into the worlds of art, literature and politics. They are united by a sense of something secret and undiscovered being revealed and by a very distinctive, lyrical voice. The precariousness of human experience is balanced by a precisely observed vision of the natural world. (Vicki Feaver).

Stephanie is also a playwright and her plays broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 include: The Greatest Gift (joint second Radio Times Drama Award), Clive and, more recently, a dramatisation of E.L Banks’ The Journalistic Adventures of an American Girl in London, (Woman’s Hour serial 2003). Several stage plays have been performed or read on the London and Edinburgh Fringe (Old Red Lion, Finborough Theatre, Paines Plough Festival of New Writing).

Poetry Publications

Hidden River (Bloodaxe Books, 2008)

Fireclay (Smith Doorstop, 1998) prize winning pamphlet (Poetry Business competition)

Stephanie Norgate’s website

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