Helen Moore is an award-winning British ecopoet, essayist, short fiction writer, community artist and Nature educator currently based in Bristol, SW England.
She enjoys performing and discussing her work, and is passionate about inspiring others to connect with their authentic creativity and wilder selves.
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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), has been acclaimed by the Australian poet, John Kinsella, as 'a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics'.
In 2019 Helen toured the UK with her third collection, The Mother Country (Awen Publications), which explores British colonial history and themes of dispossession.
Helen's poems, essays and short stories have appeared in a range of national and international journals and anthologies, including:
Messages from the Embers: Australian Bushfire Poetry Anthology (Black Quill Press, 2020)
Hacking the Anthropocene: Feminist, Queer, Anticolonial Propositions (Open Humanities Press, 2020)
The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry (2019)
Diamond Cutters: Visionary Poets in America, Britain and Oceania (Tayen Lane, 2016)
She is regularly invited to read her work at literary / environmental events; in 2018 Helen gave the annual INSPIRE lecture at the Hay Book Festival, and in 2021 she gave a keynote lecture on ecopoetry and landscape at PoesiaEuropa in Italy.
As a socially and ecologically engaged community artist, Helen has collaborated on a diverse range of cross-arts projects, and she brings multiple skills and experience to co-create memorable events.
She has recently completed a year-long collaboration with Cape Farewell on the RiverRun project, exploring pollution and climate impacts in Poole Bay and its watershed. In November 2021 her poetry installations were featured at Lighthouse gallery in Poole, along with visual artists David Buckland and Anna Frijstein.
PRIZES / AWARDS
In 2020 Helen's work was nominated in 'best poem' category for the Forward Prize and was a winner in the Center for Interfaith Relations' Sacred Essays competition.
She was also awarded grants by the Royal Literary Fund and Arts Council England to support her work.
Helen has given ecopoetry and wild writing seminars and workshops at Bristol University, the University of Gloucestershire, Goldsmiths University, Arts University Bournemouth, University of Edinburgh and Delhi University. She also 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 loves to support others on their creative writing journeys, and offers a unique programme of online and onsite mentoring, Wild Ways to Writing, and bespoke Nature-based workshops. She is currently collaborating with Hawkwood College to run an online group for Wild Ways to Writing participants.
Additionally Helen collaborates in making poetry films, including 'Green Spin', made with Howard Vause, which won third prize in the Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival 2013. Her work is screened internationally, and features in The Poetics of Poetry Film.
Listen to Helen's evocative poem 'Findhorn Bay, Waves of Flow & Flight' among other long-form ecopoems 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.
Reading at Lighthouse, Poole, Nov 21
Credit: Mark Simmons