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

Trying out new genres

I’ve been excited to try my hand at new writing genres in recent months. I’m enrolled on the MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford, and have written short story, stage drama, personal lyric essay and...

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Reading at Balliol College 10th Feb 7.30pm

I'm delighted to be taking part in an in-person reading with a terrific line-up of poets for the Oxford Review of Books. Featuring Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo, Leo Boix, Isabelle Baafi, Hannah Ledlie...

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Interview for The Mum Poem Press

I enjoyed chatting to Flora Cruft about getting into poetry - for The Mum Poem Press, who support poetry writing mums. Flora asked about how I started out, what advice I'd give new writers, how I...

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Latest Tweets

Such treasures @ByLeavesWeLive Edwin Morgan's gorgeous typewriter. He adapted the keys himself for translation. I also sat at W S Graham's writing desk! https://t.co/FkCyEH6aBd

Made it to Edinburgh after unscheduled stopover at Newcastle due to flooding. (Lovely impromptu catch up with @CorrinTachibana!) It's great to be back. Edinburgh looking fabulous https://t.co/wgm5vwyJTj

Excited to be heading north for a week's placement at the @ByLeavesWeLive Scottish Poetry Library next week!