Stephanie Norgate 'The Conversation': Book Launch

30th September, 2021 - 30th September, 2021

Concession available for Museum Members, Edward Thomas Fellowship Members and Petersfield Museum Volunteers. 


General Admission: £12.00
Concession: £10.00

Start and end times
7:00pm - 9:00pm
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Join us in our unique Victorian Justice complex to celebrate the launch of poet Stephanie Norgate's latest collection of work: The Conversation. Stephanie grew up in Selborne and her work is influenced by walking the same poetic landscape as Edward Thomas. The evening will also include music from cellist Laura Ritchie including works by Bach, Hindemith, Minsky and Summer.

In The Conversation, Stephanie Norgate explores relationships between nature and the city, the past and present, and character and writer. Shaped through both speech and storytelling, these visual, sensuous and imaginative poems celebrate friendship, even in grief, closeness in times of isolation and lockdown, and the longing to bridge gaps and find cures.

There will be selected readings by Stephanie of her work, live musical accompaniment by Cellist, Laura Ritchie and our cafe will be open to serve hot and cold drinks!


Stephanie Norgate’s first collection Hidden River (2008) was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and was followed by The Blue Den (2012). The Conversation is her third collection. Her poetry has been praised for the ‘depth of its lyricism’ (Jackie Wills, Warwick Review), and for being ‘energetic and generous, and displaying a ‘feeling for place, for the roots of things’ and for being ‘searching, memorable and disconcerting … She has the ear for the music of a line and the shape and strength of an image.’ (R.V. Bailey, Artemis).

Dr Laura Ritchie is Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Chichester, Chartered Psychologist, cellist, and author of Yes I Can: Learn to use the Power of Self-efficacy. Laura is vibrant and inspires people to reach beyond their dreams to realize goals through positive achievement. Laura will be performing some solo cello pieces at Stephanie Norgate's launch reading of her new poetry collection. Laura will play works by Bach, Hindemith, Minsky and Summer. 

  • 'The poems in The Blue Den possess a brooding, magnetism which draws us into a drowned ship, a slow-worm’s narrow skull or the hand-clasp of an orang-utan. The beauty of imagery and rhythm is matched by the subtlety of the poet’s thought.' – Helen Dunmore

  • ‘Norgate shuns full-blown epiphany in favour of a quiet, patient unveiling of the world that invites a way of seeing, a way of thinking. These poems with their observational insistence, are charged with a phenomenological inquiry.’ – Julian Stannard, Poetry Review

  • ‘This is a collection packed with rewarding poetry to be read and re-read with new gems to uncover each time.’ – Wendy Klein, Artemis