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Helen Moore
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Helen Moore is an award-winning ecopoet and socially engaged artist based in N.E. Scotland.  She studied French and German at Hertford College, Oxford, and got a distinction for her MA in Comparative and General Literature from Edinburgh University.  Her debut poetry collection, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), was described by Alasdair Paterson as being “in the great tradition of visionary politics in British poetry.”  Her second collection, ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), which responds to Thomas Berry’s vision of the ‘Ecozoic Era’, has been acclaimed by John Kinsella, as “a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics”.

Helen’s poems, essays and reviews appear in a range of international publications, including: The Wolf, Shearsman Magazine, Long Poem Magazine, Scintilla, Quadrant, Artemis Poetry, Magma, Tears in the Fence, PAN (Philosophy, Activism, Nature), Ecozon@ (Ecocritical Journal), Feminist Theology Journal,, The Ecologist (online), The European Journal of Ecopsychology, International Times (online), Resurgence, Permaculture Magazine, Green Spirit.

Her long poem ‘Earth Justice’ was awarded 3rd prize in the Second Light Poetry competition 2013 and a recording was commissioned by Resurgence & Ecologist to mark National Poetry Day 2012.  She was also commissioned to guest edit the October 2015 issue of the online magazine Interalia, making her focus ‘Ecocide: Arts, Resistance and Social Change’: http://www.interaliamag.org/issue/ecocide-arts-resistance-and-social-change/

Helen has extensive experience in leading writing workshops within continuing education, schools and community arts programmes, often drawing on creative tools and practices in support of participants’ wellbeing.  She has regularly been poet-in-residence at the annual Resurgence summer camp, and in 2014 was funded for a residency with the Bristol Pound.  In 2015 she toured Green Fire, a new multimedia ecopoetry show developed with Susan Richardson, after a successful premiere during Bristol’s Big Green Week. And from 2015-16, she had a residency with Heritage Lottery funded project, Last Tree Dreaming, exploring the heritage and future of Selwood Forest in Somerset.

In developing a new artistic sensibility in response to ecocide, Helen has explored other art forms too.  In 2011 she directed the Web of Life Community Art Project to raise awareness of mass extinction.  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 a concert responding to the cathedral’s ‘Futures of Capitalism’ 2014 programme.  ‘Greenspin’, a video-poem made with film-maker Howard Vause, exposes the language of corporate advertising and ‘greenwashing’, and won 3rd prize in the Liberated Words International Poetry Film Festival in 2013.  Watch Helen’s award-winning poetry film here:  http://vimeo.com/69228739  FFI:www.natures-words.co.uk

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