Hélène is a poet and psychotherapist living in South Devon. Her debut collection, ‘The Plumb Line’ was joint winner of the Hedgehog Press Poetry Collection Competition 2020. The collection was published in 2022. The title comes from a dream conversation she had with her father.
She spent 8 years of her early childhood growing up in the Swiss Alps, before moving to the South East of England. She studied English Literature at Leeds University, and trained and worked as an actor in her twenties. She has widely published in poetry magazines, anthologies and webzines. In 2022 she won The Silver Wyvern, Poetry On The Lake, for a single poem, (judged by Robert Seatter). In 2021 she was highly commended in the same competition. In 2023 she was short-listed for The Bridport, highly commended in The Graham Burchell Award, Poetry Teignmouth, and was commended twice in the same competition in 2020. In 2023 she was also commended in the Ver (Julia Webb), and Ware (Greta Stoddart), poetry competitions. In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Wells Festival of Literature Open Poetry Competition, and in 2019, highly commended by Patience Agbabi in Marsden the Poetry Village 2019 competition.