Wendy Pratt was born in Scarborough in 1978. She now lives just outside Filey, N.Yorks. She worked as a biomedical scientist in the NHS for thirteen years before becoming a full time writer. Her work is widely published in journals and magazines and she is the author of three full collections and two pamphlets of poetry. 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 pamphlet, Lapstrake, was published by Flarestack Poets. She has a full collection, Gifts the Mole Gave Me published by Valley Press. Wendy was one of the winners of the Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition in 2020. Her third full collection When I Think of My Body as a Horse is published by The Poetry Business. Wendy was long listed in the nan Shepherd award in 2020 for her creative non fiction work in progress The Ghost Lake. She is now represented by Portobello Literary.
Wendy has written for the northern zine Northern Soul as poetry correspondent. She worked as a mentor, mentoring disadvantaged women as part of the Womentoring project. She offers a private mentoring service, and runs regular courses and workshops for herself and other organisations including York Centre for Lifelong Learning. Wendy was also a columnist for Yorkshire Life Magazine for several years.
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, with distinction.
In 2021 Wendy founded Spelt magazine, a print magazine that seeks to validate and celebrate the rural experience. With the help of co-ed Steve Nash the magazine goes from strength to strength. In 2022 the Spelt Nature Writing School was launched by Wendy, which is proving to be successful.
If you would like to enquire, about anything, please contact Wendy on this address: firstname.lastname@example.org