Loughborough Alumni


20 May 2019

Alumna wins Overton Poetry Prize

Natalie Moores has been named the winner of the 2018 Overton Poetry Prize for her collection of poetry, 'Single Girl Lies Hidden'. 

Natalie, who graduated with a BA in Drama and English in 2011 and an MA in Creative Writing in 2012, was presented the award at a special ceremony last week. 

The Overton Poetry Prize is an annual competition held by the School of Arts, English and Drama in memory of Professor Bill Overton, with the winning entry having 100 copies published in chapbook form. 

The poetry pamphlet was debuted at an event which took place in Martin Hall on the University campus, where Natalie read extracts from her poetry alongside current students. 

Commenting on this year’s winning entry, Dr Kerry Featherstone commented: "The Overton Prize is judged anonymously, so we were amazed and delighted to find that the winning entry was by a Loughborough graduate!

“Natalie's work is hard-hitting and brilliantly written: it speaks loudly and clearly to the #metoo movement, with strength and skill. It will resonate with many readers."

Natalie is a poet and businesswoman, spending five years building a successful marketing career in London after leaving Loughborough, before setting up her own brand marketing consultancy Mac&Moore with her business partner Jess MacIntyre.

The business is not only dedicated to supporting start-ups and small businesses to grow, but also creating equal opportunities for women through the organisation’s social community and mentoring.

Natalie regularly writes for The Huffington Post and her poetry has been published in the UK and North America. She speaks spoken word at open mic nights in London, covering subjects such as modern-day dating, the ‘thigh gap’, and having Northern parents.

Of the Prize, Natalie said: "Winning the Overton Prize not only feels like an amazing achievement, but it has particular emotional significance for me as a member of the Loughborough alumni who was lucky enough to study during Bill's time at the University.

“The fact that this collection has been published has also given me the heart-warming reassurance that really great things can come out of really bad ones."

Congratulations to Natalie on her achievement. 

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