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Helen Bowell

Poet / Producer / Editor / Critic

Hello! I'm Helen, a writer based in London with a debut pamphlet called The Barman due out with Bad Betty Press in early 2022. You can find a full biog here, but here's a few highlights about what I do.

I'm a co-director of Dead [Women] Poets Society, a live literature organisation which resurrects women poets of the past, and which recently completed an Arts Council England funded national tour.

I'm a Ledbury Poetry Critic with reviews in Magma, The North and Poetry Wales. I'm also a graduate of The Writing Squad, the London Library Emerging Writers programme, the London Writers Awards and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. My poetry has been commended in  Winchester, Verve and Mslexia's competitions and published in magazines and anthologies like Ambit, harana poetry, Poetry Birmingham, bath magg, 100 Poems to Save the Earth and The Book of Bad Betties.

In my day job, I work at The Poetry Society, where I edit Young Poets Network, send poets into schools and bring general good vibes.

I've taught workshops on nature poetry, poetic form and the surreal. In 2021 I was Poetry Business's digital poet in residence and wrote 'plant portraits' on demand at Kew Gardens' Secret World of Plants festival.

I'm interested in eco-poetry, queerness, physics, medieval legends, language(s) and the surreal. If you have any projects for me, get in touch.

Photo: Kashif Haque.


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