Helen Evans



Quartet at Ledbury

Another half-yearly update, nicely bookended by a January poem in The North and a July poem in Magma – my thanks to all the editors involved: Ann & Peter Sansom at the former; Isabelle Baafi, Ilya Kaminsky, and Lisa Kelly at the latter. Also in July, I had the pleasure and privilege of reading and listening at the truly… Read More

Posted on 16th July 2022 at 17:43

Beginnings from endings

Here’s a quick update for you, covering the last couple of months. In early November, Greta Stoddart, Elaine Beckett, Gill Barr and I performed How To End It Well, the finale of Exeter Literary Festival. In fact, it ended the festival so well that we’re planning to take it on tour… every ending is a new… Read More

Posted on 23rd December 2021 at 20:57

Endings and beginnings

So much to report – where shall I start? Perhaps on Sunday, November 7th, when I’ll be reading with Greta Stoddart, Elaine Beckett and Gill Barr at the finale of Exeter Literary Festival – How to End Well. If you’re able to get to the Custom House on Exeter Quay at 5.30pm please do feel… Read More

Posted on 30th October 2021 at 12:55

End of year report

In April we reached the end of the first year of Inner Room, the poetry project I’m running on behalf of the Parish of Central Exeter. In response to very heartening feedback from the end-of-year survey (92% rating it ‘excellent’ and 8% ‘good’), the management team has decided to continue the project for another year…. Read More

Posted on 17th April 2021 at 17:58

Working in the Room

It’s been a busy six months for the poetry project I’m running on behalf of the Parish of Central Exeter. Inner Room is about to start its third phase with 20 writers taking part in two different series of online workshops, and another ten or so people in a poetry reading room on Zoom. I’m… Read More

Posted on 1st February 2021 at 11:01

Inner Room

“Creating space for people to be creative” is at the heart of a new project, called Inner Room, that I’m delighted to be running for my church, the Parish of Central Exeter.  Launched this Spring and happening online at the moment because of the pandemic, Inner Room is bringing people together for poetry reading and creative writing workshops. It… Read More

Posted on 30th July 2020 at 17:49

A little feedback

Another long silence – apologies. I shall post separately about the project I’ve been working on over the last few months, together with a link where you can find out more. But in the meantime, I haven’t updated you on the reading I gave with fellow poets Greta Stoddart, Gill Barr and Elaine Beckett: “Whose… Read More

Posted on at 17:29

Whose voice is it, anyway?

I’m very much looking forward to appearing at Exeter Literary Festival next Sunday alongside three other Devon and Dorset poets: Greta Stoddart, Elaine Beckett and Gill Barr. We’ve been having a lot of fun putting together an exploration of poetic voice, called “Whose voice is it, anyway?”. Come and join us to hear poems and… Read More

Posted on 4th November 2019 at 16:15

Poetry & Prayer: a workshop

I am delighted to be running a workshop this National Poetry Day on behalf of the Parish of Central Exeter. It will be held at St Stephen’s Church, High Street, Exeter, from 10am to 4pm on October 3rd – booking is essential. The theme for National Poetry Day 2019 is Truth and this workshop, grounded in… Read More

Posted on 9th August 2019 at 16:51

More coming than going

How delighted I was when Coming & Going, Poems for Journeys, dropped through my letterbox recently. It is beautifully produced, bringing together work from more than 100 HappenStance poets. My poem, Today’s Task, is next to Fiona Moore’s brilliant Night Letter; what great company to be in. The anthology will be coming with me on… Read More

Posted on 28th April 2019 at 16:55

Swanning around

  My trip to Bradford on Avon on August 31st to read at The Swan Hotel was a really lovely evening out. It was a treat to hear organiser Dawn Gorman read her work and a pleasure to meet her and fellow-guest Rachel Curzon – a Faber New Poet whom I suspect we’ll hear a… Read More

Posted on 2nd September 2017 at 18:43

Guest Poet at Words & Ears, Bradford on Avon

I’m delighted to be joining Faber New Poet Rachel Curzon on Thursday, August 31st in the Guest Poets slot at Words & Ears, the excellent reading series run by Dawn Gorman. Do come and join us at 7.30pm in The Swan and, if you’re interested in an Open Mic slot on the evening, contact dawn@dawngorman.co.uk…. Read More

Posted on 20th August 2017 at 12:15

Guest Poet at Fire River

I’m delighted to be the guest poet at Fire River Poets in Taunton, Somerset, on Thursday 2 February 2017. I’ll be reading from Only by Flying and sharing some other recent work, too. Members of Fire River Poets will also be reading during the evening and, as John Stuart, their chairman, points out: “We always… Read More

Posted on 20th January 2017 at 23:28

Exeter Poetry Festival 2016

What a pleasure to read at Exeter Poetry Festival this month: not once, but twice. Firstly, alongside Ian Beech, Susan Taylor and Simon Williams at the City Gate Hotel, and secondly as one of the Mincinglake Poets, at Studio 36. The ‘Mincers’ present were Chris Banks, Fiona Benson, Annie Fisher, Damian Furniss, Ann Gray, Alasdair… Read More

Posted on 11th October 2016 at 22:23

Poetry Spotlight interview

Birds, soaring, metaphor and more at the excellent Poetry Spotlight today: many thanks to its meticulous editor, Paul, for inviting me on to the site and for his insightful questions. This site regularly posts interesting interviews with contemporary poets, along with a poem of their choice, and is well worth keeping an eye on. You can… Read More

Posted on 21st September 2016 at 11:05

New poem on Ink, Sweat & Tears

Many thanks to Helen Ivory at Ink, Sweat & Tears for choosing to publish one of my favourite poems today. It features – I’m sure this comes as no surprise – birds (including a female blackcap like this one I photographed at an RSPB reserve). You can follow this well-regarded UK-based webzine on Facebook, too.

Posted on 19th September 2016 at 11:29

Only by Reading It

What a privilege it was for me to read from Only by Flying in the Scottish Gliding Centre (SGC) clubhouse at Portmoak earlier this month. Launching from the site and flying above nearby Loch Leven had been the inspiration for the pamphlet’s opening poem, and several more of them were inspired by, written at or… Read More

Posted on 17th July 2016 at 21:41

Four more poems published

Four previously unseen poems of mine have just been published: The Stranger, Documentary, Carduelis Carduelis and The Decision. It’s my second appearance on Ben Banyard’s Clear Poetry and my first poem in Antiphon (issue 18), edited by Rosemary Badcoe and Noel Williams, although Neil reviewed ‘Only by Flying’ in Antiphon 17. Issue 18 also includes fellow… Read More

Posted on 5th July 2016 at 19:15

Reading in Portmoak, Fife

On Friday, July 8, I will be doing a poetry reading in aid of charity. The event, which will include a Q&A and last for approximately half an hour, will be held in the clubhouse at Scottish Gliding Centre from 6pm and is free to attend. It will be followed by a collection in support of Walking on Air,… Read More

Posted on 22nd June 2016 at 19:30

Congratulations, Jenny

Congratulations to Jenny Elliott of The Shed Press, whose pamphlet, Makkin-wires, won the 2016 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, and to Wayleave Press, runners-up with Elizabeth Burns’ Clay. Particular kudos to Jenny, who wrote, illustrated and published her beautiful pamphlet, about the Shetland tradition of knitting (makkin-wires are knitting needles). It was a real privilege for… Read More

Posted on 20th May 2016 at 13:30