© Tina Barnes

Helen is a poet, dancer and choreographer. Her debut pamphlet ‘Sudden rainfall’ (Perdika Press 2014) was a PBS Choice. Her first collection Unable Mother’ described as a ‘a violent and tender grapple with our cosy notions of motherhood’ (Robert Peake) was published by V.Press in 2018. Helen’s journalism, poetry, and critical writing has featured in publications such as the Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, The Brooklyn Review, The London Magazine, and Unbound.

Helen is creator and editor of acclaimed poetry anthology, ‘Eighty-Four’, published by Verve Press in January 2019,  and shorlisted for the Saboteur Awards, Best Anthology.  Helen has received awards for her writing from Arvon and Arts Council England, and was awarded a professional development grant to write her second poetry collection ‘A mountain that is your grief you can’t utter’ 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 artistic director of ‘Beyond Words’ a dance-theatre company creating new work in poetry and dance.