About Helen


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Helen is the author of two volumes of poetry; ‘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. Her poetry, journalism, and critical writing has featured in the Guardian, The Huffington Post,  The Brooklyn Review, Wild Court, Poetry Scotland, and The London Magazine. She is creator and editor of acclaimed anthology ‘Eighty-Four’, in aid of the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). It was published by Verve Press in January 2019, shorlisted for the Saboteur Awards, Best Anthology, 2019, and was a Poetry Wales Book of the Year, 2019. Helen 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.