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

Desert Island Poets, 22 November, online

A poetry reading with a difference: ten poets choose their favourite contemporary poem and read one of theirs in response. It's going to be a fascinating evening to be part of. The poets signed up...

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'Ah, curious friend...'
Currently enjoying this Emily Dickinson poetry app:

Wonderful integration of photography & poetry in AnneOsbourn1 & Bob Coe's surimono in @plantspplplanet.
Especially enjoyed that the shots show 'flowers that have yet to reach, or have passed, [the] stage usually associated with a perfect bloom'.

Very grateful to The Manhattan Review for taking some new poems, and for them being in such amazing company. Looking forward to it landing on my doormat! You can read a few of the poems in the new issue online: https://t.co/9xTHC8zHSM