Natasha Carthew is a working-class Country Writer from Cornwall who has written all her books outside, either in the fields and woodland that surrounds her home or in the cabin that she built from scrap wood. She has written three books of poetry and three Young Adult books. Her first Adult book All Rivers Run Free published with Riverrun/Quercus/Hachette in Spring 2018.
Her first book for Young Adults Winter Damage (Bloomsbury Publishing) was nominated for the 2014 Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for several national awards including the prestigious Branford Boase Award. Her second book The Light That Gets Lost was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Her third YA book Only the Ocean is due for publication by Bloomsbury Autumn 2018.
Natasha has written for many publications including; Writers & Artists Yearbook, Eco-Fiction, Trip Fiction, The Guardian and The Big Issue. Two Wild Writing essays will feature in Dark Mountain Project Summer 2018 and Katharine Norbury’s ‘Women On Nature’ book of essays in 2019.
She’s currently writing her second literary novel for adults and a new collection of rural poetry. When she is not writing, she runs Wild Writing Workshops countrywide.
Southern Schools Book Award Longlist 2017
Carnegie Nomination 2014
Waterstones Longlist 2014
Branford Boase Shortlist 2014
Lincolnshire Shortlist 2014
Redbridge Longlist 2014
Cornish Gorseth Award Nomination 2014
Leeds Longlist 2014
Reading Agency/Bookseller (Hidden Gems) Longlist 2014
Tower Hamlets Book Award 2014
Onlywomen Press/MJ Lidstone Poetry Prize Shortlist 1994
Orchard Theatre Young Writers Award Winner 1990
Barbican Theatre Young Writers Award commendation 1990
- All Rivers Run Free - Riverrun/Quercus, April 2018
- The Light That Gets Lost - Bloomsbury, November 2015
- Winter Damage - Bloomsbury, August 2013
- Flash Reckless - Onlywomen Press, 2002
Awards and residencies
Current Events and Projects
- Only The Ocean - The 3rd Young Adult Book to be published by Bloomsbury, November 2018
- Re-Wilding The Novel - Commissioned Essay for the Dark Moutain Project, July/August 2018
- Women On Nature - Essay to be included in the Women On Nature collection of Essays, 2019/2020
- Working Class Writers Fesitval - I am currently working on setting up a Working Class Writers Festival in the South-West, 2020