Helen is the author of two books of poetry. Her pamphlet ‘Sudden rainfall’ was published by Perdika Press in 2014. It was a PBS Choice. Her first, full-length book of poems ‘Unable Mother’, described as ‘both a violent and tender grapple with our cosy notions of motherhood’ (Robert Peake) was published by V.Press in September 2018.
Helen’s writing has been published internationally, including poems in Poetry Scotland, The Brooklyn Review, Southbank Poetry, Wild Court, and The London Magazine, and award-winning essays in the Wales Arts Review, Sabotage, and Boundless. Trained professionally as a dancer, Helen develops cross-arts performances in dance and poetry, touring festivals such as Poetry International and the N.A.W.E. Symposium, with R&D projects supported by The Poetry Society and First Choice. Other commissioned readings and performances include Poetry By Heart, The Southbank Centre, The National Trust, and The House of Commons. She has been poet-in-residence at The National Trust, and Loughborough University, where she is also a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing. Helen is creator and editor of ‘Eighty-Four’ a new poetry anthology on the subject of male suicide. The book features poets such as Andrew McMillan, Anthony Anaxagorou, Peter Raynard, Carrie Etter, Ian Patterson, and Salena Godden.