Stephanie Norgate is a poet and playwright. Her plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. For many years, she ran the MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University and is now a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She edited an international collection of essays, Poetry and Voice (CSP, 2012) and Winchester Poetry Festival’s Chalk Poets Anthology (Sarsen Press, 2015). In 2016, she completed a study of poetry trails for South Downs National Park. As a translator, she has contributed to Modern Poetry in Translation and the MPT anthology, Centres of Cataclysm (Bloodaxe Books/MPT, 2016). Her chapter about the imagery of the house in her poetry appears in Architectural Space and the Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Her three collections of poetry with Bloodaxe are Hidden River (2008), which was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, The Blue Den (2012) and The Conversation (2021).
Author photo: Michael Chevis
Stephanie Norgate is a contributor to the Royal Literary Fund's podcast series Vox, bite-size audio recordings in which RLF writers explore topics around writing. Vox is recorded and produced by Yasir Amir, with additional contributions from the Showcase team. Please click on the links below to hear two of her contributions.
Loneliness and the Writer: click here
'Loneliness is the follower of bereavement and isolation; the sequel to so many sad life events. An imposition, creeping up with its cunning net. But solitude is a fresh place, chosen to create new work and connections to life outside.'
The Writer and Nature: click here
'As an adult, I've formed the habit of taking season notes almost every day. It feels like reaching out a hand to touch the outside world and gain the state of self-forgetfulness needed to write.'
Books by Stephanie Norgate