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.



'even a small amount of nectar is a greater sum than none.'
Loving the cross-pollination in the poetry world courtesy of the internet.
As in this wonderful celebration of @WhaleRoadReview poets for the journal's five year anniversary. https://t.co/iP0FwsqfZz
Kelli Russell Agodon @KelliAgodon
Today was my first pandemic birthday. I did a poetry reading, I ate cake, I remembered that we can exist in a world with terrible things and people who are on the wrong side of history, and there still can be beauty and positive community. Keep the best people closest to you... https://t.co/lVWW7vRpoz

It was such a pleasure talking to @GreeningPoet about starting to write, what inspires me, wise teachers and friends for the @rlfwriters podcast:


@BloodaxeBooks @PoetrySociety @poetryschool @uealdc
@NewWritingNet @WritersCentre @WritingCoachUK

Missing working alongside the scientists and artists in these wonderful workshops https://t.co/7g0SawRKiX
Jenni Rant @SAWTrust
On the fourth day of Christmas the SAW Trust brings to you…. SAW: Antibiotics. Our book of antibiotic-themed SAW workshops with schools, writers, artists & scientists from the @NorwichResearch . See all our books @ https://www.sawtrust.org/buy-the-books/
#SAWs12daysofChristmas https://t.co/hjiuISxLo0

What an honour to be in such amazing company. Thank you for including me in this. @BloodaxeBooks @rlfwriters @NewWritingNet https://t.co/YeEzHTNjfn
Out-Spoken Press @Outspoken_Press
To celebrate 2020 ending we asked a few favourite writers to look back at their reading year & share 3 top picks—varied, personal & idiosyncratic recs from @seanehewitt @AndrewPoetry @MayaCPopa @r_vallen @BetaRish @TheLeano @JTaylorTrash

https://t.co/9bB8D3dSYn https://t.co/RKry7fh996

The @whatwereadnow event I took part in with the lovely @KostyaTsolakis and Theophilus Kwek is now online. Kostya reads from 'Ephebos' and Theo from 'Moving House'. I read from my @BloodaxeBooks 'Return by Minor Road' and we talk about our writing process