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Helen is a poet, essayist, choreographer and dance artist. Her poetry and critical writing features in the Guardian, The Huffington Post,  The Brooklyn Review, Poetry London, Poetry Scotland, Wild Court, and The London Magazine, among many others. She is the author of three volumes of poetry. Her latest, ‘Somehow’ (Verve Poetry, 2020) was a PBS Winter Bulletin pamphlet 2020, and a Poetry School Book of the Year 2020 (longlist). She is creator of acclaimed poetry anthology ‘Eighty-Four’, produced in aid of the male suicide prevention charity CALM. It was a Poetry Wales Book of the Year, 2019, and was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards, Best Anthology, 2019.

Helen teaches for the Poetry School, Writing West Midlands, and HAY’s Young Women Writers programme. Her writing has been supported by The Society of Authors, Arts Council England, and Arvon. She was awarded a grant for woks-in-progress by SOA in March 2021, and a DYCP from ACE National to explore new methods of translation between poetry and dance, in April 2021.