Edinburgh loves language
landscape and leaf tea*
There are more snippets of biography passim in helenboden’s posts, plus some indication of her passions and aversions. By nature she’s a very private person, and it took several years of peer pressure from dedicated blogger friends to get this far. Professionally she has always worked with the English language and its literatures – with the occasional word in Scots or Gaelic – writing, teaching, editing.
She has poems published in literary magazines including: Gutter, The Interpreter’s House, Northwords Now, Southlight, Poetry Scotland, Mslexia, Butcher’s Dog, Lighthouse, The Eildon Tree, The Blue Nib; online poetry journals and sites including: Antiphon, Dangerous Women, New Boots and Pantisocracies, and Ink, Sweat and Tears; and the following anthologies: New Writing Scotland, Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry, and Umbrellas of Edinburgh. She also makes place-specific work and collaborates with visual artists.
A freelancer since 2003, she specialises in arts education for adults, offering workshops, classes and courses for the public and private sectors, as well as tutoring, mentoring and reading / editorial services for individual clients.
In 2019 she was Writer in Residence at the YesUAre Partnership, Dunfermline, and for the Tall Tales project at the high flats / multis in Moredun, Edinburgh.
* She has never lived in either Harrogate or Morningside