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Patricia Helen Wooldridge grew up in West Sussex, moving to East Hampshire in the 1990’s. After a career in secondary schools teaching English she moved to the University of Portsmouth in 1994. As a senior lecturer she worked in the Education department before developing a role in the teaching of Creative Writing, including the establishment of a BA combined honours degree course in this subject. In 2010 she left university employment in order to concentrate on her writing. She has a BA and MA in English Literature (London University) and a D.Phil in Creative Writing (Sussex University).
Patricia has always been an avid reader of poetry since she was fifteen and her first poems were written at this time. However, she has only begun to fulfil her writing ambitions in the last twenty years. She also has a strong interest in art and the relationship between painting and poetry.
Her poems have appeared in numerous poetry journals including ARTEMISpoetry, Staple, The Interpreter’s House, Iota, Smiths Knoll, Envoi, Poetry Nottingham, Resurgence and The London Magazine. She has achieved recognition in a number of poetry competitions with her work appearing in a range of poetry anthologies (see below). In 2017 she was awarded the Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize. Her collection entitled Sea Poetics will be published in 2018.
She has an impelling need to be outside, drawing inspiration from the natural landscape, birds and the weather (especially winter). She regards walking as essential in the composition of poetry.
Journals: ARTEMISpoetry, Envoi, The Interpreter’s House, Iota, The London Magazine, Obsessed With Pipework, Poetry Monthly, Poetry Nottingham International, Pulsar, Resurgence, Rialto, Second Light, South, Staple, Weyfarers;
Anthologies: Night Balancing, Blinking Eye Publishing, 2006; Blood Line, Blinking Eye Publishing, 2007; A Roof of Red Tiles, Cinnamon Press, 2011; Jericho, Cinnamon Press, 2012; Journey Planner (Cinnamon Press, 2014), Mr Barton Isn’t Paying, Flarestack Poets, 2009; When Pigs Chew Stones, Ragged Raven Press, 2007; Fanfare, Second Light Publications, 2015; Room, Worple Press, 2006;
Competition Placements
Winner Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize, 2017;
Winner Kent and Sussex Open Poetry Competition, 2016;
Fourth Rialto/RSPB Poetry Competition, 2015;
Commended – National Poetry Competition, 2013;
Winner – Ragged Raven Poetry Competition, 2006;
Other placements – Blinking Eye Poetry; Cinnamon Press Poetry; Flarestack Poets; Second Light; Tonbridge Poetry; Virginia Warbey