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Helen is a poet, dancer and choreographer. Her poetry, journalism, and critical writing has featured in the Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, The Brooklyn Review, Wild Court, Poetry Scotland, and The London Magazine among others. She is the author of two poetry collections, ‘Sudden rainfall’ (Perdika Press 2014) which was as a PBS Choice  and Unable Mother’ described as a ‘a violent and tender grapple with our cosy notions of motherhood’ (Robert Peake) published by V.Press in 2018.

Also a mental health activist, Helen is creator and editor of anthology ‘Eighty-Four’, created in aid of the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) as part of their male suicide prevention campaign. It was published by Verve Press in January 2019, and shorlisted for the Saboteur Awards, Best Anthology, 2019. Helen has received awards for her writing from Arvon and Arts Council England, and was awarded a professional development grant to write her third poetry collection in April 2019.

Helen works as a writing tutor for organisations including The Poetry School, N.A.W.E and Writing West Midlands. She is a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Loughborough University, and artistic director of ‘Beyond Words’ a dance-theatre company creating new work in poetry and dance. Her poem ‘Rope’ was made into a dance poetry-film by Paul Stringer. Her poem ‘Naked’ was also made into a film-poem by Redstorm Productions.