Nature's Words: About Helen Moore

Helen Moore is an ecopoet and community artist/activist based in Somerset. Her debut collection, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins, was published in March 2012 by Shearsman Books aand was described by Alasdair Paterson as being “in the great tradition of visionary politics in British poetry.” Her second collection, ECOZOA, which synthesises William Blake’s ‘Four Zoas’ with Thomas Berry’s vision of the Ecozoic Era, will be published by Permanent Publications in March 2015.

Helen’s poems, essays and reviews appear in a range of international publications and she has shared conference platforms with modern visionaries such as Joanna Macy, Mathew Fox, Vandana Shiva, Thomas Berry, Patrick Holden and Satish Kumar. She has been poet-in-residence with the Bristol Pound and annually at Resurgence Summer Camp, and has extensive experience in leading writing workshops within continuing education, schools and community arts programmes.

A long poem, 'Earth Justice', was awarded 3rd prize in the Second Light National Women's poetry competition, 2013 and a recording was commissioned by Resurgence & Ecologist to mark National Poetry Day 2012, Her hymn ‘glory be to Gaia’ was set to music by Guy Wilson and sung by a massed choir in Winchester Cathedral as part of the ‘Futures of Capitalism’ 2014 programme.

'Greenspin', a videopoem about corporate 'greenwashing' made in collaboration with Frome-based film-maker Howard Vause, won 3rd prize in the Liberated Words International Poetry Film Festival in 2013. Howard and Helen have since been commissioned to make more poetry films with community groups and were the judges of the Liberated Words Poetry Film festival 2014.

For the October 2014 issue of Interalia Magazine, Helen was commissioned as guest editor and chose a theme of Ecocide: Arts, Resistance and Social Change. She is now beginning work on a third poetry collection and is planning to tour a multimedia ecopoetry show, Green Fire, with fellow ecopoet Susan Richardson in 2015.

My writing process, a blog tour - June 2014

"The poet not only beholds intensely the present as it is, and discovers those laws according to which present things out to be ordered, but he beholds the future in the present, and his thoughts are the germs of the flower and the fruit of latest time."

Shelley - from 'In Defense of Poetry'

 

More about my work:

In 2011 I co-ordinated a community art event for the Frome Festival, intending to celebrate biodiversity and to mark the mass extinctions we are facing with an artistic funeral. Called 'The Web of Life', the event and exhibition took place at the Sun Street Chapel from 8th to 17th July 2011. To watch a film about 'The Web of Life Community Art Project', click here.

I've written about my experience in directing this community art project in a new book of inspiring stories, entitled Stories of the Great Turning, published by Vala Publishers in April2013.

I teach 'Reading and Writing Poetry' through the Frome Community Education programme, and during the Spring/Summer runs outdoor-based creative writing writing workshops for adults, called 'Wild Ways to Writing'.

I also work as a community artist/activist and Forest Schools practitioner (Shared Earth Learning).

Other books include: Changing Nature (GreenSeer Books, 2006 - OUT OF PRINT), Hope and the Magic Martian (Lollypop Publishing, 2008) and Hope and the Super Green Highway (Lollypop Publishing, 2009).

 

In December 2003 I won the annually awarded Bard of Bath title. As a modern Bard I draw on our ancient cultural heritage to reinterpret the role and responsibilities of the poet in today's world, seeking to bridge oral and literary traditions, and endeavouring to make my poetry vital and accessible.

Winner of the Bard of Bath title 2003-4

 

 

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