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 in literary magazines and anthologies including New Writing Scotland, Northwords Now, Poetry Scotland, Mslexia, Butcher’s Dog, Lighthouse, The Eildon Tree, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Dactyl, the Umbrellas of Edinburgh anthology, and the Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry. She also makes place-specific work and collaborates with visual artists.
A freelancer for more than a decade, 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.
* She has never lived in either Harrogate or Morningside