Helen’s poetry, journalism, and critical writing features in publications such as the Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Review, Poetry London, Poetry Scotland, Wild Court, and The London Magazine. She is the author of three volumes of poetry. ‘Sudden rainfall’ published by Perdika Press (2014) was a PBS Pamphlet Choice. ‘Unable Mother’ described as a ‘a violent and tender grapple with our cosy notions of motherhood’ (Robert Peake) was publised by V.Press in 2018. A new pamphlet of poems ‘Somehow’, will be published by Verve Poetry Press in September 2020.
Helen’s poetry has been re-worked for theatre and film, with her explicit poem ‘Rope’ featuring in a short film by Paul Stringer, and her poem ‘Naked’ transformed into movement for a dance-film by Redstorm Productions. She is creator and editor of acclaimed poetry anthology ‘Eighty-Four’ (Verve Poetry, 2019) published in aid of the charity CALM, as part of their male suicide prevention campaign. It was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards, Best Anthology, 2019, and was a Poetry Wales Book of the Year.
Helen has received awards for writing from Arts Council England and Arvon. She teaches for the Poetry School, N.A.W.E and Writing West Midlands, and is a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Loughborough University. Helen is also a professional dance artist and choreographer, and founder of dance & poetry initiative ‘Beyond Words’.