BIOGRAPHY

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Helen is a poet, essayist, choreographer and dance artist. Her poetry and criticism features in the Guardian, The Huffington Post,  The London Magazine, Southbank Poetry and The Brooklyn Review,  with award-winning essays in The Wales Arts Review and Boundless. Her debut pamphlet Sudden rainfall was published by Perdika Press in 2014. It was a PBS Choice. Her full-length collection, Unable Mother, described as ‘a violent and tender grapple with our cosy notions of motherhood’ (Robert Peake) was published by V. Press in September 2018.

Helen is a successful dancer and movement director, working with a specialism in the conversation between text and movement. Her new solo work ‘Naked’, has been produced into a short film by Redstorm Productions. Her poem ‘Rope’ has been made into a film-poem by Paul Stringer. She is Artistic Director of new dance-theatre company Beyond Words.

Helen works as a tutor, mentor, and competition judge for organisations including The Poetry School, Writing West Midlands, and N.A.W.E. and is a visiting  lecturer in Creative Writing at Loughborough University.  She is creator and editor of ‘Eighty-Four’ a new poetry anthology on the subject of male suicide, grief, and hope. It was published by Verve Poetry Press in January 2019.