About

Helen has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and tutor for over a decade, with extensive experience supporting, and developing the work of both emernging and established poets and writers, of all ages, from all over the world. She teaches for The Poetry School and Writing West Midlands, and has delivered workshops for The Poetry Society, N.A.W.E, First Story, Poetry International and Writing East. Helen specialises in trauma writing: exploring poetry as a means to gainng control over life’s more challenging experiences, but also facilitates on a broad range of themes, from beginners poetry technique to writing motherhood.

Helen is a qualified Creative Practitioner (Creative Alliance, Black Swans 2011) and a first class BA (Hons) Graduate in Creative and Professional Writing.

Editorial work

Helen is happy to proof-read and provide editorial feedback for both book-length and chapbook length poetry manuscripts. She is editor of new online magazine ‘Seek’. Please get in touch to discuss details and costs.

Book reviews and essays

Helen’s popular essays and book reviews have appeared in the Guardian, Sabotage, The Wales Arts Review, The Huffington Post, Bare Fiction, and Arifa Akbar’s Unbound. You can read them here.

If you’re interested in a book review, or themed creative/and or critical essays, please get in touch.

One-to-one tutoring

Helen also provides tailored, one-to-one tutoring sessions for poets. Perhaps you’re just starting out in your career and need guidance; or are an established writer looking to transform your work? Sessions can be in person, or via Skype.

Helen also runs one-to-one sessions for The Poetry School.

‘Bodily Writing’

Helen’s practice also explores the combined art-form of poetry and dance: bringing together the non-verbal language of movement with the physicality of words. She has provided masterclasses and workshops in her ‘Bodily Writing’ technique for the University of Birmingham (Drama) Wolverhampton University (Dance) The Southbank Cenre, BIDF, and Poetry International. She has produced two dance and poetry films, ‘Naked’ with Red Storm Productions, and ‘Rope’ an experimental short, by Paul Stringer.

Poetry & dance in schools

Poetry and dance workshops are a wonderful way of introducng poetry to children. We get to ‘step inside’ the poem, and explore it through our bodies, and our senses, seeing the world (and the words we used to describe it!) in a whole new context.

Helen is a trained Creative Practitioner (Creative Alliance) with over 15 years experience working with, and delivering both poetry and dance workshops and classes, for children in KS1, 2 and 3.

You can read more about ‘bodily writng’ workshops, and book yours, here