Nature's Words: About Helen Moore

An award-winning ecopoet based in Frome, Somerset (in S.W. England), Helen publishes poetry, essays and reviews in a wide range of anthologies and journals, and regularly performs her poetry at literary events and environmental conferences around the UK.

Currently poet-in-residence with the Bristol Pound, Helen has shared platforms with modern visionaries such as Joanna Macy, Mathew Fox, Vandana Shiva, Thomas Berry, Patrick Holden and Satish Kumar, and has made appearances at a variety of festivals, including the Hay Festival, the Bristol Schumacher Lectures and the Big Green Gathering.

Her debut ecopoetry collection, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins, was published in March 2012 by Shearsman Books and was short-listed for the Poetry Can Poetry SW poetry publication of the year award, 2013. Her second collection, ECOZOA, is forthcoming.

'Earth Justice', Helen's epic poem about ecocide, won 3rd prize in the Second Light National Women's poetry competition, 2013. The poem was first published on International Times: http://internationaltimes.it/earth-justice/

A CD of Helen's poetry, Nature's Words - Selected Ecopoems 2 - featuring musical responses from Ken Masters and additional voice & bodhran by Niall McDevitt was made in June 2010. 'Greenspin', a videopoem about corporate 'greenwashing' made in collaboration with Frome Media Arts creative Howard Vause, won 3rd prize in the Liberated Words International Poetry Film Festival, and can be viewed on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/69228739

In 2011 Helen 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.

Helen has written about her 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.

Helen teaches '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'.

Helen also works as a children’s author, community artist/activist and Forest Schools practitioner (Shared Earth Learning).

Other books by her 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).

"For art to be relevant, artists must address the social and spiritual issues of our time...."

Suzi Gablik

 

 

In December 2003 Helen won the annually awarded Bard of Bath title. As a modern Bard she draws on our ancient cultural heritage to reinterpret the role and responsibilities of the poet in today's world. She seeks to bridge oral and literary traditions, and endeavour to make her poetry alive and accessible.

Winner of the Bard of Bath title 2003-4

 

 

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