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ELLY WELLS PHOTOGRAPHY 2022

Helen is poet, performer, choreographer, and dance artist. Known for her dynamism and versatility, she has worked successfully as both a professional dancer and writer for over a decade. Her pioneering interdisciplinary work is rooted in new modes of translation: from words, into movement. She is the author of three volumes of poetry.

As a dancer, Helen has collaborated and toured with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Autin Dance Theatre, Sonia Sabri Company, Apple, Midland’s Actors Theatre, Def Motion, ME Dance Company, Vamos Cubana, the DanceXchange, The REP, and The Birmingham Int. Dance Festival.

Her 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.

Helen is a visiting lecturer in creative writing at Loughborough University, and as has taught poetry for The Poetry School, Writing West Midlands, Poetry International, and HAY’s young women writer’s programme.

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.