about

Helen is poet, dance artist, and choreographer. Known for her dynamism and versatility, she shares her practice as both a writer and professional dancer across the U.K. and internationally.

As a dancer, performance and collaboration credits include The Birmingham Royal Ballet, Autin Dance Theatre, Sonia Sabri Company, Apple, Midland’s Actors Theatre, Def Motion, ME Dance Company, Akeim Toussaint Buck, Vamos Cubana, the DanceXchange, The REP, and The Birmingham Int. Dance Festival.

Poems appear 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. Her pioneering interdisciplinary work is rooted in new modes of translation: from words, into movement. She is the author of three volumes of poetry.

Helen 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 and was shortlisted for the Sabotage Best Anthology Award, 2019.

She teaches poetry for The Poetry School, Writing West Midlands, and HAY’s young women writer’s programme. Her 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. Her research continues.

Helen was one of the six poets selected to write and perform for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, 2022.

ELLY WELLS PHOTOHGRAPY 2021 .