Pat Murgatroyd has always written poems and prose as a personal, private activity. Within Shore Women she has learned to craft her writing and is fascinated with form. She reads widely, goes to writing workshops and attends as many poetry festivals as possible. She is a member of the Isle of Wight Stanza group and helps to organise spoken word events at Quay Arts in Newport.
Pat has published poetry in Poetry Review, Poetry News, Smith's Knoll, Grasse Routes, and Island Sounds and has contributed to The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing . She has also written articles for a variety of publications such as Writers in Education, Women Returning to Higher Education and Petites Scenes de la Vie des Femmes. Her poems have won prizes in competitions including Ottakar's, Island Voices, Ver, and Virginia Warbey.