Helen is known for her dynamism and versatility as a poet, performer, choreographer, and dance artist. Her pioneering movement work is rooted in translation: between poetry (word language) and dance (body language) for performance and theatre. She is the author of three volumes of poetry.
Helen’s writing appears in the Guardian, The Huffington Post, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Poetry Scotland, Wild Court, The London Magazine, and many others. Her latest collection, ‘Somehow’ (Verve Poetry, 2019) was a PBS Winter Bulletin pamphlet and a Poetry School Book of The Year.
Helen teaches across both literary and dance sectors, including the Poetry School, Writing West Midlands, and HAY’s Young Women Writers’ programme.
As a choreographer, movement director, and dancer she has toured and collaborated with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Autin Dance Theatre, Midland’s Actors Theatre, Def Motion, ME Dance Company, Vamos Cubana, the DanceXchange, and The Birmingham Int. Dance Festival, shaping performances for theatre, open-air spaces, and film.
Helen’s work has been supported by The Society of Authors and Arvon. She was awarded a DYCP from Arts Council England to expand on her research into the intersections between text and dance in April 2021. Her second wave of research is forthcoming.
She was one of the six poets selected to perform at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2022.