Born in 1971, Heidi grew up in the market town of Swaffham – now famous for Stephen Fry’s ‘Kingdom’ series. After reading French at the University of Stirling, she lived in Central Region for eleven years. She lived in Brussels and Salisbury, before returning to Norfolk in 2001.
While working as a copywriter and writing trainer for Virgin, Heidi studied poetry and prose in evening classes at the UEA. Her first collection, ‘Electric Shadow’, was supported by a grant from Arts Council England and was published by Bloodaxe in 2011. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Poetry.
Her second collection was inspired by her lifelong interest in printing. She received time-to-write support from Arts Council England and enjoyed working with specialists from the John Jarrold Printing Museum. 'The Print Museum' received the EAW Book by the Cover' Award and the 2016 East Anglian Book Award for Poetry. She remains fascinated by the techniques, way of life, and legacy of letterpress and lithographic printing.
Her work has appeared in literary journals in the UK, America and Australia and been translated into Polish, German, and Turkish. It has inspired poetry and science discussions in schools and adult creative writing groups, and has featured in NHS waiting rooms, cafés, and at science and literary festivals in the UK and abroad.