About

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Wendy Pratt was born in Scarborough in 1978. She now lives just outside Filey, N.Yorks. She worked as a biomedical scientist for thirteen years before becoming a full time writer. Wendy is widely published in journals and magazines, as well as being an award winning poet. She was highly commended in the Forward Prize 2015 and also won both the YorkMix and Prole laureate poetry competitions in 2015. Her first pamphlet, Nan Hardwick Turns into a Hare and her first full collection, Museum Pieces, were both published by Prolebooks. Her latest pamphlet, Lapstrake, was published by Flarestack Poets. She has a full collection, Gifts the Mole Gave Me published by Valley Press. In 2017 Wendy’s poem The God of Small Things was highly commended in the Manchester cathedral Prize. You can find details of her readings on the readings page. Wendy is delighted that her next full collection will also be published by Valley Press.

 

Wendy writes for the northern zine Northern Soul as poetry correspondent, she offers free mentoring to disadvantaged women as part of the  Womentoring project. She also offers a private mentoring service, details of which can be found on the readings and events page. Wendy is also a columnist for Yorkshire Life Magazine.

Wendy has a BSc in biomedical science from Hull university, a BA in English Literature with the Open University, an MA in creative writing with Manchester met and is in the third year of a part time PhD in poetry with Hull university.

If you would like to enquire about critiquing or private mentoring, please contact Wendy on this address: wendyprattfreelancewriter@gmail.com

 

Education

Practice Led PhD in Poetry (Part Time) 

Hull University

Expected completion date 2021

Focusing on the language we use to describe the octopus and how this influences our emotional attitude towards this animal.

2014-2017 MA in Creative Writing (Distinction)

Manchester Metropolitan University

2008-2014 BA in English Literature 

Open University

2004-2008 BSc Biomedical Science

Hull University

Workshop Facilitator Experience

October 2018 – Workshop for year 11s based on the paintings of Sylvia Pankhurst, self identity and the working classes, as part of Scarborough Museums Trust Write On campaign

October 2018 – Season of Mists – online Autumn based workshop

August 2018 – The Wild Within – online nature based workshop

June 2015 – March 2016 – Weekly writing workshop based at The Workshop, Ebberston, North Yorkshire, UK

Competition Judging Experience

2018 – East Yorkshire Poetry competition (co judge)

2016 -Paper Swans Press competition

2011- Prole Laureate

Editorial Experience 

October 2018 – Onwards

Current Editor of Dream Catcher Magazine an arts and literature magazine publishing poetry, short fiction, reviews and visual art

April 2018 -Onwards

Occasional Freelance editing for Scarborough based publisher,  Valley Press

Manuscripts edited:

Charlotte Eichler’s Their Lunar Language

James Nash’ A Bench for Billie Holiday

Content writing

Click here to see my online portfolio: Portfolio

Niche Writing Areas:

  • As a published poet and editor: Poetry, literature, books, art, theatre reviews, cinema reviews

 

  • As a qualified Microbiologist with a BSc in biomedical science and thirteen years experience of NHS pathology work: Health, health Sciences, biology, science, mental health, wellbeing

 

  • As a former IVF patient, and bereaved parent: IVF, infertility, childlessness, accepting childlessness, miscarriage, stillbirth, accepting childlessness

 

Services:

I am available as a freelance content writer for blogs, commercial articles, feature articles and other services. If you’d like to discuss potential work, please contact me at wendyprattfreelancewriter@gmail.com. I have written extensively on my own experiences of still birth, miscarriage, infertility treatments and accepting childlessness, but also review theatre:

Theatre Review, Northern Soul

As well as writing on poetry and literature, including interviews:

Lemn Sissay interview for Northern Soul

Other interests include folklore, myth, natural history and archeology, creativity and obviously poetry.

Hand of Glory article for Atlas Obscura

I currently write a regular column about life on the North Yorkshire coast for Yorkshire Life Magazine I write reviews and articles for Northern Soul and have an expanding portfolio including Atlas Obscura and am a regular contributor for Breathe UKPlease do get in touch to discuss any projects you may have.

 

5 thoughts on “About

  1. gemma

    I just followed a link to your websire from the miscarraige association where i was dling some research for work. Thank you for your honest account of building a life after deciding not to carry on trying for children, my husband’s cousin is in this situation and I will communicate better with her after reading it.
    Wishing you all the best

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