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Natalie Crick

Research Project Title:

A Pathway to Murder: Defining a Poetry of Violence in the Work of Pascale Petit and Simon Armitage; and a portfolio of poetry ‘Lee’.



Prof Bill Herbert and Dr Tara Bergin

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Research Interests:

  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Voice & Perception
  • Narrative
  • Simon Armitage
  • Pascale Petit
  • Ekphrastic Poetry
  • Trauma & Violence
  • Diversity

Brief Outline of Research Project:

My research examines how a pathway of violence is implied in Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster by Simon Armitage and The Zoo Father by Pascale Petit. According to Richard Hugo, our “triggering subjects like our words come from obsessions we must submit to” (The Triggering Town).  Hugo’s words are inspirational in light of the modern intensity of the word ‘triggering’.  Hugo discusses ways of writing poetry using triggering subjects; subjects that conjure emotion giving life to the poem. I will augment Hugo’s exploration of triggering to research how a pathway to violence is portrayed in poetry; a fictionalized pathway.


I will write a narrative sequence exploring the early life and development into adulthood of a male individual who becomes a violent person, with the potential to kill. This individual will be a fictional character called Lee. It is my intention that, through composing poems for this study, I will create my own definition of violence in poetry. 

Research Activities:

Research Groups and Memberships:

  • What Were You Thinking Group
  • Alternative Criticism Group
  • Gender Research Group
  • Anthropocene Research Network
  • Creative Writing Group
  • Medical Humanities Group


Co-Editor of a small literary press, Fragmented Voices, based in Newcastle and Prague.

Academic Background:

  • MA Writing Poetry (Distinction), Newcastle University
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, Newcastle University