Heidi is a poet, writing tutor and mentor. She studied poetry and prose at the UEA and regularly teaches for arts and literature organisations in the UK.

She is an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund. From 2018 to 2020 she was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of East Anglia and returns as UEA RLF Fellow from January to June 2021.

She teaches a monthly poetry seminar for The Poetry School and mentors poets world-wide by Skype through The Poetry Society, the National Centre for WritingThe Poetry School and The Writing Coach.

Her first collection ‘Electric Shadow’ (Bloodaxe, 2011) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry. Her second collection, ‘The Print Museum’ (Bloodaxe, 2016), won the EAW Book by the Cover Award and the 2016 East Anglian Book Award for Poetry. Her third collection ‘Return by Minor Road’ is published by Bloodaxe in June 2020.

She is a qualified Writing Coach and has over twenty years’ experience developing and delivering writing workshops for a wide range of large corporations and arts organisations. In 2008 and 2009 Heidi was writer-in-residence for the London Science Museum’s Dana Centre. From 2011-2014 she was writer-in-residence at the John Jarrold Printing Museum.

Latest News

Online Poetry Workshop for Poetry Society

I'm running a couple of new Zoom poetry workshops for the Poetry Society over the summer. For up to 12 people, over a couple of hours we'll workshop one of your poems and do a writing exercise. The...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt for Poetry Society

Each April many poets take part in 'National Write-a-Poem-a-Day Month' (catchily shortened to NaPoWriMo), where writers are encouraged to pen a poem every day for 30 days. It's a fun challenge, and...

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Reading at the RAI, Oxford 4th May

FREE In-Person Poetry Reading at the Rothermere American Institute in Oxford Thursday 4th May, 5-6.30pm with Wine Reception after. Myself and Sylee Gore have co-created a new chapbook of poems...

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Latest Tweets

Fancy joining me for an online group poetry feedback session + workshop?
I'm running a session for @PoetrySociety 2 August
7-9pm. Limited to 12 places. Find out more here:
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Final @poetryschool Seminar this Saturday at the wonderful @WymHeritageMus. Looking forward to going to the pub with lovely poets after. And already looking forward to next year's sessions!
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