Natalie Scott’s debut collection of poetry, BERTH, brings together myriad diverse voices, tapping into the psyche of those affected by the sinking of the Titanic. Ambitious in its scope, Berth seeks to unravel the myths that have emerged over the century since the tragedy. From the pathos of poems in the voices of the passengers who died, to the amusing reflections of the iceberg, dog and anchor, this collection commemorates those who were lost and celebrates those who survived the fateful early hours of 15 April 1912.
"Natalie Scott brings a deft poetic imagination to this timely revisiting of the Titanic disaster. The least passenger is afforded a voice in her lively and moving narrative which uses actual historical detail, such as a list of recovered possessions from the ship’s hold, without ever becoming sentimental." - Anna Woodford
“If the likes of Smith, Ismay, Guggenheim and the passengers, crew and others depicted in this book were interviewed today their testimonies would not I think be too far away from the words that Natalie has written on their behalf.” - Howard Nelson, Founder ~ Titanic Heritage Trust
Brushed is about painting new perspectives, giving voices to those we can’t hear and adding colour to the aspects of life which often seem black and white. The poems reflect on Natalie's interest in fine art, particularly the subjects of paintings who are eager to tell their stories. Other poems draw on her observations of relationships, loss, isolation and nature, considering the poignancy and humour of the seemingly simple moments in life.
"[...] a sequence of the poems in here engage directly with a cross section of paintings and sculpture in a delightful and playful tone. There are shadows too in the poems of memory and experience but these are understated and alluded to, shown rather than confessed. Many of the poems are vignettes of character and scene.These are expressed in elegant cadences of free verse."
- Pauline Plummer
"a memorable and persuasive debut" - Anna Woodford (Mentor)