Heidi Williamson 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 professional member (AMAC) of the Association for Coaching.  She 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.



Last night was really special. Lots of great events still to come @KendalPoetry https://t.co/1MnbfXTGuW https://t.co/T5kwc8vFjh
KendalPoetryFestival @KendalPoetry
After a high-paced weekend, this reading last night with superstars @hijjabi and @hadfield_jen felt like an oasis of calm and space for reflection. I know those who were there last night will agree it was a very special event to be part of and loads more still to come today! https://t.co/QKZbOsuAcY

When you're having one of those days when you feel quite lost, as we all do at times just now, and poems find you:
I loved @CalebParkin's 'wasted rainbow' from @LighthouseTall right through from the Contents.
Each poem carried me. The 1st one's below.

https://t.co/6UpLx6q7LB https://t.co/UrOgVwXE6j

It was a wonderful workshop - watch and enjoy on livestream using the link below. https://t.co/YguywO1kvZ

'Her creative project was the restoration of the unofficial past, giving memory and story legitimacy...' A beautifully crafted article on Eavan Boland by @BloodaxeBooks' @jane_janeclarke on the power of poetry to pay attention to the overlooked and help change the world. https://t.co/2HD836ySKj

Skippy's best 'Tom Baker as the 4th Dr' impression https://t.co/8k0LC0aa2D