Helen Moore is an award-winning British ecopoet, essayist & short fiction writer, socially engaged artist & outdoor educator based in Frome, N.E. Somerset. Her debut ecopoetry collection, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), was described as being “in the great tradition of visionary politics in British poetry.” Her second, ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), which responds to what scientists term the ‘Anthropocene Era’, has been acclaimed by the Australian poet, John Kinsella, as “a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics”.
INTATTO. INTACT: Ecopoesia. Ecopoetry, a bilingual Italian-English work, co-authored with Massimo D'Arcangelo (Italy) and Anne Elvey (Australia), was published by La Vita Felice in 2017. And in 2019 Helen toured the UK with her third collection, The Mother Country (Awen Publications), which explores themes of personal, social and ecological dispossession.
Helen's poems, essays and short stories have appeared in a range of national and international journals and anthologies, including Poems for a Liminal Age (SPM Publications) and Diamond Cutters: Visionary Poets in America, Britain and Oceania (Tayen Lane). She is regularly invited to read her work at literary and environmental events, and in 2018 Helen gave the annual INSPIRE lecture at the Hay Festival. This year Helen's work has been nominated in 'best poem' category for the Forward Prize, was a winner in the Center for Interfaith Relations' Sacred Essays competition, and she has also been awarded a susbstantial grant to support her work by the Royal Literary Fund.
Helen has given ecopoetry seminars at Bristol University, the University of Gloucestershire and Delhi University, and she presented 'ECOZOA: A poetic revisioning of the Anthropocene' at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment's 2017 conference (Sheffield-Hallam University). Helen also collaborates in making poetry films, including 'Green Spin', made with Howard Vause, which won third prize in the Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival 2013.
Helen loves to support others on their creative writing journeys, and offers a unique programme of online mentoring, Wild Ways to Writing.
Helen reading at 'Women Poets for the Planet',
Southbank, London, March 2016
Listen to Helen's poem 'Findhorn Bay, Waves of Flow & Flight' here!
Helen's poem 'Dandelion' was a runner-up in the FREE VERSE Poetry Book Fair Competition 2017
Dandelion - Helen Moore
Downy moon in green,
poised on thick, milky stem, ball of fur-
flighted arrows, a hundred prayers for vitality.
All create the sacred geometrics of this pale cupola,
wayside capsule of calcium, vitamins & iron, awaiting
wind to resow itself, to rebirth its restorative potential.
Verge-blown, lawn-dwelling, with mane & snag-toothed
leaf, a dandy leonine & bright, so overlooked as weed.
In you are memories of a friend, wan & lost in loops
of buried feeling – terror of the Blitz & her grief
at being sent to boarding school aged five.
Yet when on frail, grassy hands & knees,
she’d forget it all in blessing each
sunny head in reach.