Dawn Gorman believes poetry should be everywhere - puts it on beermats,
uses it to
work with people with memory loss, facilitates writing workshops, organises poetry
events and runs international poetry competitions. She is widely published, and has
performed in New York, Paris, London - and lots of smaller places in between.
“Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket;
you put your life into it and make something out of that.” Mary Oliver
Guest Poet: Helen Moore
Helen Moore is an award-winning ecopoet and socially engaged artist based in NE Scotland. Her debut collection, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), was described as being "in the great tradition of visionary politics in British poetry." Her second, ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), which responds to what scientists term the 'Anthropocene Era', has been acclaimed by the Australian poet, John Kinsella, as "a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics". A collaborative bilingual Italian-English work, INTATTO/INTACT, was published by La Vita Felice in 2017, and in 2018 she gave the INSPIRE lecture at the Hay Book Festival, based on her winning essay 'Is love the answer? Personal and planetary wellbeing through the lens of poetry.' Helen's third collection, The Mother Country, exploring British colonial history and personal, social and ecological disinheritance, will be published in Spring 2019.