Stephanie Norgate

Stephanie Norgate, Senior Lecturer in English (Creative Writing)

The Blue Den (Bloodaxe, 2012)

'The poems in The Blue Den possess a brooding, magnetism which draws us into a drowned ship, a slow-worm’s narrow skull or the hand-clasp of an orang-utan. The beauty of imagery and rhythm is matched by the subtlety of the poet’s thought' – Helen Dunmore.

 

Hidden River (Bloodaxe, 2008)

Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize

“She writes about the life of the flesh, the imprint of old loves and the comic tender transformations brought about by sexual desire.”
Helen Dunmore

“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

Link to Guardian review
“Much of the writing in Hidden River is driven by a delight in the possibility of metaphor and, time and again, Norgate portrays herself urgently pursuing a series of images.”
Charles Bainbridge, The Guardian May 17 2008