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Stephanie Norgate

Reader in Creative Writing | +44 (0) 1243 816296

I am Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. My other role is as programme co-ordinator of our very successful MA in Creative Writing (see Postgraduate pages and student successes). Please contact me if you wish to apply for the MA or would like a telephone chat about your portfolio entry. I am also the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Coordinator and the Otter Gallery Poet-in-Residence.

Writing and teaching interests are:

  • poetry
  • contemporary and past
  • translating poetry
  • contemporary stage drama
  • radio drama
  • creative writing

My writing credits include:

  • poetry
  • radio plays
  • plays produced on the London and Edinburgh Fringe
  • In 2001, I received an Arts Council England writer’s award.
  • In 2010, I convened the international conference on Poetry and Voice at the University. 

Editor of Poetry and Voice: A Book of Essays (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013).

Reviews written for Poetry Review and MsLexia

Plays broadcast on Radio 4

  • The Journalistic Adventures of an American Girl in London (Five part dramatisation of autobiographies by Elizabeth L. Banks, Women’s Hour serial)
  • Clive – 45 minute afternoon play
  • The Greatest Gift – 60 minute afternoon play (received a Radio Times Drama Award)

Poetry Collections

  • The Blue Den (Bloodaxe Books, 2012)
  • Hidden River, pictured left (Bloodaxe Books, 2008) shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection prize 2008.
  • See Guardian review:
  • Oxford Poets 2000 (Carcanet, eds. Constantine, D, Lee, H. and O’Donoghue, B.)
  • Fireclay (Smith Doorstop 1998) prize winning pamphlet (Poetry Business competition)

My poems can be heard on The Poetry Archive or on The Poetry Archive CD of my work:

Individual Poems have appeared in anthologies and magazines such as:

  • The Poetry Cure
  • Poetry London
  • Reactions
  • Magma
  • MsLexia
  • The North 
  • Forward Poems of the Decade 
  • The Forward Book of Poetry 2000 and 2008 
  • Oxford Poetry

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.)

Research Supervision

I have supervised two creative/critical doctoral studies through to completion. Mara Giemza wrote a themed collection of poetry, ‘The Box of Chalks’, which explored the Polish experience of the second world war. She also wrote a commentary on the process of her research and writing. Sue Evans wrote a thesis entitled ‘Women Playwrights and Alternative Realities’ and an accompanying experimental play and commentary.

Ph.D Examining

Internal examiner for Kathy Dilkes’ thesis on Carol Shields, entitled ‘Permission to Speak’.

Ph.D. External examiner: a creative/critical poetry thesis by Anna Woodford, Newcastle University;  a creative/critical poetry thesis by Kate Miller, Goldsmiths

Ph.D Supervision

  • I am currently supervising Laura Helyer’s creative Ph.D (a Novel entitled The Map Maker’s Colors as well as supporting several Ph.D.  students as second supervisor.
  • I am interested in collaborating with other universities as supervisor or examiner of the creative/critical Ph.D.  in relation to poetry and some forms of drama. I welcome enquiries from prospective Ph.D.  students in this area.
  • I have supervised numerous creative MA dissertations in a variety of genres. Many of our MA students go on to publish, win prizes and work in a related area.

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