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

A Picture of Health public events

Last year I was invited to pen a poem for the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences' project ‘A Picture of Health’. My 'Microbiome ghazal' has gone into a book which is being launched this week...

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A Personal History of Home

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), a hub for multi-disciplinary research projects has published 'A Personal History of Home', a digital anthology of poems. There are many fabulous...

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Chinese translations

It's been a delight and an honour to have a couple of poems from Return by Minor Road translated by the wonderful poet Jennifer Wong, for harana magazine. You can read the poems, 'Balquhidder' and...

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Latest Tweets

What a beautifully produced pamphlet from @vpresspoetry with thoughtful, nuanced poems from @warwick_nicola https://t.co/ioOR5Jjbka

If you're in Hammersmith this week, check out the @MRC_LMS 'A Picture of Health’ events.
The Art & Science evening on Weds 11 Jan features Michael Rosen. I'm gutted I can't be there in person, but have recorded my poem for the night.

Wonderful choices from @SamuelTongue for @TheFridayPoem's Castaway Companion series. Poems to make you 'really want to write a poem': https://t.co/pNOA1VSSFS