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Helen Bowell

Poet / Producer / Editor / Critic

Hello! I'm Helen, a writer based in London. My debut pamphlet The Barman was published by Bad Betty Press in 2022, and was selected as the Poetry Book Society Summer 2022 Pamphlet Choice. At turns domestic and surreal, it traces the relationship between the speaker and an unnamed barman backwards through time. Find out more about the book and order a copy from me here.

You can find my full biog here, but here are a few highlights about what I do.

I am 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 and have had reviews published 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 Magma, Ambit, Poetry Birmingham, harana poetry, 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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