Reading from The Mother Country at Hawkwood College, Stroud, UK, July 19
Helen has passionately pursued a vocation as an ecopoet since becoming 'Bard of Bath', in the annual competition in 2003, and her work is now internationally acclaimed. Based in S.W. England, Helen grew up in Seer Green in Bucks, and has degrees in literature from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities. And whilst her work is now taught and studied in several universities around the world, Helen loves to teach ecopoetry and Nature-inspired writing herself to adults and children. For more details, see her Workshops page.
In May 2018 she gave the INSPIRE Hay Book Festival lecture, based on her winning essay, 'Is love the answer? Personal and Planetary Welllbeing Through the Lens of Poetry' and she is currently compiling a volume of essays on ecological and literary themes. She is also enjoying her creative explorations of short fiction and working towards a fourth poetry collection.
To date Helen has published three poetry collections, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015) and The Mother Country (Awen Publications 2019), which explores legacies of the British Empire, including personal, social and ecological disinheritance. Helen toured the UK with her new book over the three month period May-July 2019. And in February 2020 Helen launched her new Wild Ways to Writing online mentoring service, details of which can be found here.
Helen has collaborated on a range of ecologically oriented projects, and in July 2016 completed a 21 month long residency with ‘Last Tree Dreaming’, a Heritage Lottery funded community project raising awareness of the heritage and future of Selwood Forest in Somerset, UK. In this film Helen talks about an aspect of the project...
Helen talking about her work with the 'Last Tree Dreaming' community arts project, 2016
Helen is also a qualified Level 3 Forest School leader, and has worked for over 10 years in environmental eductation. In 2009 she founded Shared Earth Learning, a Forest School Co-op in Somerset, of which she remains a director. Whilst based in Scotland between 2016-18, Helen co-facilitated and developed nature-based recovery programmes for vulnerable adults in woodlands and green spaces through Earth for Life CIC.