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Helen Heath

Photo credit Kate MacPherson


Tena koutou, hello and welcome!

I’m a writer  and doctoral student. By night I hang out on Twitter and blog about writing, poetry and creativity. I've been blogging on and off since 1999, you can have a look at one of my old blogs here.

I was accepted into the most prestigious creative writing school in New Zealand and completed my MA in 2009. My thesis is a book of poetry called Graft, which was published by VUP in 2012. My poetry has been published in many journals in New Zealand, the UK, USA and Australia.

Many things define me, if I owned a TV channel this is what you'd watch. I love to make things. I mostly work with fabric and paper but I do love to photograph. Oh, and I also made a couple of pretty cute kids

My past projects include a beautiful collaboration with visual artists called Kissed. Most recently I've had a chap-book of poems published by Seraph Press called Watching for Smoke. Currently I am collaborating on two journals with fellow poet and crafter Helen Lehndorf and two altered books with Textile artist Billie-Joye Stewart. these are slow-mo projects spanning several years. Good things take time!

I was born to the sound of dirt bikes on the fire-breaks in the Hutt Valley, New Zealand. My ancestors hail from: England (Essex and Kent), Ireland (Kerry), Scotland (Knockandhu – Moray and Dunoon – Argyll) and from the Greek village of Exogi, Ithaka. Now I live in the sea-side village of Paekakariki, on the Kapiti Coast.

I offer poetry mentoring and manuscript assessment services. Let me know if you are interested in working with me.