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Natalie Crick

Natalie Crick

MPhil Student in Creative Writing.



Prof. Bill Herbert and Dr Tara Bergin

Research project

A Pathway to Murder: Defining a poetry of violence in the work of Pascale Petit and Simon Armitage and a portfolio of poetry: Lee

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 interests

  • contemporary poetry
  • voice & Perception
  • narrative
  • Simon Armitage
  • Pascale Petit
  • ekphrastic poetry
  • trauma & Violence
  • diversity

Research activities


Poetry published and forthcoming in range of literary journals and anthologies online and in print, including:

Stand Magazine, The Cardiff Review, Orbis, The Moth, Banshee, Lighthouse, Crannog, The Honest Ulsterman, Bare Fiction, The Manchester Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Verve Anthology of Diversity Poems: 'We've Done Nothing Wrong. We've Got Nothing to Hide', The Interpreter's House, Strix, Ink Sweat and Tears, Mslexia, The Lonely Crowd, New Welsh Review, Hippocrates Prize Anthology 2019, The Stony Thursday Book.

Poems feature in a pamphlet: Co-Incidental 5 (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2019)

The Poetry Review, The Tangerine, Agenda, PERVERSE, The Dark Horse

Placements and funding

Creative-practitioner-in-residence at the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University (2020)


  • nominated for The Pushcart Prize 2016, 2017
  • a runner-up finalist in the PBS & Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition 2018
  • shortlisted for The Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award 2018 (Wexford Literary Festival 2018)
  • commended in the Hippocrates Open Awards for Poetry and Medicine, 2019
  • commended in the Verve Poetry Festival Competition 2020 on the theme of diversity, 2020
  • awarded second prize in the Newcastle Poetry Competition 2020
  • Special mention by judge Ilya Kaminsky in the Poetry London Prize 2020
  • Highly commended in the Folklore Poetry Prize 2020
  • Highly commended in the Wales Poetry Award 2020
  • Commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly poetry competition (January 2021)
  • Nomination for The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2021

Conferences and presentations

  • 'Sexual Violence, Consent and Creative Practice', Newcastle University in connection with the Gender Research Group (forthcoming, April 2020)
  • to showcase creative work at 'Euromit 2020' conference at The Sage, Gateshead (forthcoming, June 2020)
  • i regularly perform my poetry as a headliner at literary events, on open mic and at competition events.

Research groups and memberships

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


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

Academic background

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