Wendy Pratt

Wendy Pratt is a poet, creative non fiction author and editor living on the North Yorkshire coast. Her five poetry collections include When I Think of My Body as a Horse (winner of the Poetry Business International Book and Pamphlet Competition 2020) Gifts the Mole Gave Me and Lapstrake.

Wendy’s non fiction work in progress, The Ghost Lake, was long listed for the Nan Shepherd prize in 2021.

She is founder and editor of print magazine, Spelt, whose mission is to validate and celebrate the rural experience. The magazine publishes poetry, creative non fiction, author interviews and columnists. The magazine is now in its third year.

Wendy is represented by Caro Clark at Portobello Literary. 

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. 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 her 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 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 occasionally offers a private mentoring service, and runs regular courses and workshops for herself and other organisations including. Wendy was also a columnist for Yorkshire Life Magazine  for several years.

Interview with Paper Swan Press after judging their 2020 competition.
Reading the Northern Soul Commissioned Poem at Manchester Cathedral

Her work often centres around feelings of belonging, or not belonging, in grief, in womanhood, in the physical body and in the landscape she inhabits. She is proud of her working class background and has written about and spoken on the theme of inclusivity and gate keeping within the literary community.