Published: 27 October 2014 at 12:12
Natalya delights Creative Writing tutors after scooping £5,000 Bridport Prize
Recent Anglia Ruskin University graduate Natalya Anderson, from Cambridge, has won one of the UK’s most prestigious poetry prizes.
Founded in 1973, the Bridport Prize has four categories – poetry, short stories, flash fiction (stories of 250 words or less) and novels – and this year attracted 15,000 entries from over 80 countries.
Natalya, who graduated from Anglia Ruskin earlier this month with an MA in Creative Writing, was awarded £5,000 after winning the poetry competition for her work Clear Recent History.
The former ballet dancer, who is originally from Toronto, previously worked as a medical writer, and has written features for Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail. For six years, she wrote a column for Dogs Today Magazine in which she interviewed celebrities about their pets.
Professor Farah Mendlesohn, Head of the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin, said:
Renowned poet and playwright Liz Lochhead, who judged the poetry prize, said of Clear Recent History:
Below is the first stanza of Clear Recent History:
I was able to dance but not eat during the first stage
of my recovery. I wrote about this in a notebook
with a faded yellow construction paper cover. I took daily
class in studio G, which was broken into that night
you disappeared, the criminals having cracked parts
of the mirror. The next morning I made a mosaic while warming
up, arms raised in fifth position, head cocked to examine
The Bridport Prize is the flagship project of Bridport Arts Centre and known as a tremendous literary stepping-stone – the first step in the careers of writers such as Kate Atkinson, Tobias Hill, Carol Ann Duffy and Helen Dunmore.The competition is open to anyone as long as the submitted work is previously unpublished. For further information about the competition, please visit www.bridportprize.org.uk