Rare Birds - Voices of Holloway Prison

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Library Education Room, lower ground floor, LSE Library, United Kingdom


Natalie Scott

Poet and educator

Teesside poet Natalie Scott presents her Arts Council funded project in progress Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison, which creatively retells the story of the notorious London prison from 1852 to 1955. This is a presentation and script-in-hand performance.

Join Teesside poet Natalie Scott, who will present her Arts Council funded project in progress Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison. This collection of dramatic monologues aims to creatively retell the story of the notorious London prison from 1852 (when it first opened its gates) to 1955 (when the last woman to be hanged in Britain was executed within its walls). The poems adopt a range of interesting perspectives, including the voices of actual prisoners, staff and other influential people involved in the prison’s history, to create a polyphonic (many-voiced) retelling. Natalie will share some of the fascinating documents she has discovered on her visits to the archives in London and will do a script-in-hand performance of selected poems.

Natalie Scott is a Teesside-based poet and educator with a PhD in Creative Writing, specialising in multimodal poetry. Natalie’s published works include two poetry pamphlets and one full collection: Berth – Voices of the Titanic (Bradshaw Books, 2012), which won runner-up in the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition 2011 and received an Arts Council award to produce a collaborative theatrical adaptation. Her pamphlet Brushed (Mudfog, 2009) features 'Victorine or Naked Woman in Manet’s 'Le Déjeuner sur L’herbe', awarded finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition 2009. Poems from Natalie’s pamphlet Frayed (Indigo Dreams, 2016) were commissioned by Vivid Theatre for their production ‘Just Checking’. Natalie’s poems have appeared in journals including Ambit, Agenda, Orbis, Ink, Sweat and Tears, English in Education, Live Canon, Other Poetry, Poetry Scotland and South Magazine.

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The project behind this event is funded by the Arts Council. 

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