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.

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Wish I was there in person on Sunday! Next best thing, taking part in a free online reading with poetry heroes of mine:
https://t.co/Un6V63d6Lz
Do you think I could ask the organisers to angle their webcam out the window so I can see the sea? https://t.co/oUjYoiYlUq

Excited to be part of this virtual @BloodaxeBooks event for @BerwickLitFest on Sunday 17th Oct, 1-2.15pm - reading with David Constantine (one of this year's National Poetry Comp judges) and Forward Prize nominee Tishani Doshi.
Get your free ticket here: https://t.co/Un6V62VvmZ

Keep rereading this wonderful poem on @InkSweatTears today by @PoulamiSomanya https://t.co/oyR0LIVTIq
Ink Sweat & Tears 💙 @InkSweatTears
&the room is cold with its geometry of faces
a child looks through cellophane & imagines an escape

a place moves in time like a needlepoint on water
often it’s hard to tell what’s real from reflection...

@PoulamiSomanya's mesmerising 'Here I am, again'. https://t.co/v37XIDAVpS https://t.co/sOgVjNWDJo