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Helen is known for her dynamism and versatility as a poet, performer, choreographer, and dance artist. Her pioneering movement work is rooted in translation: from words, into movement, for performance and theatre.

Her artistic work is wide-ranging, including choreographic commissions, writing commissions, live television, independent film, professional dance work, vocational teaching, creative development, and community outreach. She is the author of three volumes of poetry.

To date, she has shared her unique practice, collaborated, and toured with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Autin Dance Theatre, Apple, The REP, Poetry International, Midland’s Actors Theatre, Def Motion, ME Dance Company, the Poetry School, Writing West Midlands, HAY, Vamos Cubana, the DanceXchange, and The Birmingham Int. Dance Festival.

Her critical and creative 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, 2020) was a PBS Winter Bulletin pamphlet and a Poetry School Book of The Year. She is a visiting lecturer in creative writing at Loughborough University.

She is creator of acclaimed poetry anthology ‘Eighty-Four’, produced in aid of male suicide prevention charity C.A.L.M. It was a Poetry Wales Book of the Year, 2019.

Helen’s work has been supported by The Society of Authors and Arts Council England. She was awarded a DYCP from Arts Council England to expand on her research into the intersections between text and dance in April 2021.

She was one of the six poets selected to write and perform for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022.