Our team consists of two Founders and Head Editors – Natalie Crick and Natalie Nera -, and Creative Consultant Rue Collinge.
All three editors are alumni of Newcastle Univesity, MA in Writing Poetry and MA in Creative Writing respectively. They are also working authors.
Natalie Crick (Newcastle) has poems published in Stand, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Moth, Banshee, The Dark Horse, New Welsh Review and elsewhere. She is studying for an MPhil in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Her poetry has been shortlisted for The Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award 2018 and 2020, commended in the 2019 Hippocrates Open Awards for Poetry and Medicine and one of her poems was a runner-up in the PBS & Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2018. This year one of Natalie’s poems was commended in the Verve Poetry Festival Competition 2020 and awarded second prize in the Newcastle Poetry Competition 2020. Natalie’s poems feature in a chapbook, ‘Co-Incidental 5’ (Black Light Engine Room Press. 2019). She is currently a creative-practitioner-in-residence at the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University.
Natalie Nera is a pen name of Natalie Dunn. She is a Czech writer, an author of two published novels as well as an editor of a poetry anthology in her mother tongue, who spent fifteen years in the UK with her British husband and children but has recently relocated to Prague. She writes in Czech, English and occasionally translates. Her written work has appeared in Czech, Russian, German, English, and Romanian. Her work was published for example in Mslexia, Eunoia Review, The Selkie, Litero Mania and Tvar. SMore information may be found at https://natalienera.com.
Rue Collinge is a linguist-turned-storyteller living in Gateshead. She is a slam-winning poet, fascinated by the power that stories have on us: those we tell ourselves, and those we tell about the world around us. Raw and lyrical, she has performed across the North-East and on the radio, and was shortlisted for the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She has extensive editing experience, including a charitable anthology for the National Literacy Trust, and another celebrating new voices in the North-East. She works with young people to help them find a voice in an increasingly noisy world.