Helen began her working life as a journalist, taking up gliding as a hobby. Between 1999 and 2008 she combined the two as the editor of the sport’s national magazine, Sailplane & Gliding.
Thanks to an evening course led by Greta Stoddart, she started to write poems in earnest again in 2007. She went on to gain an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews, where her tutors were Robert Crawford, Kathleen Jamie and Don Paterson. Her poem Night Crossing came third in the Manchester Cathedral prize in 2010 and her work has appeared in various magazines, including The Rialto and The North.
Between 2011 and 2016 she worked each year as a tutor on the University of St Andrews’ Creative Writing Summer Programme, which is directed by Jonathan Falla.
Her debut pamphlet, Only by Flying, was published by HappenStance Press in 2015 and shortlisted for the 2016 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, which recognises outstanding examples of poetry pamphlet publishing with a connection to Scotland.
In Spring 2020 she began facilitating Inner Room, a project from the Parish of Central Exeter that creates space for people to be creative.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her.