Helen Lawrenson

Born in Cheshire of a Dundee father, Helen Lawrenson returned to Dundee after graduating from Manchester University in English and Latin. She trained as a teacher at Dundee College of Education, and began her teaching career at Morgan Academy, where she taught for ten years. Since her marriage, Helen has lived in Wormit – spending fifteen years at home, bringing up six children. She then taught at Madras College, and at Kilgraston School in Perthshire. When not reading or writing poetry, Helen may be Scottish Country Dancing or walking Hadrian’s Wall. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Now retired from teaching, Helen has published three collections of poetry, and enjoys giving poetry workshops in schools.

Photo: Caroline Trotter


Lines on a Map »

A digital installation of commissioned poems responding to old maps

Thu 8 March - Sun 11 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer


April Snow

No feather stirs
the quiet of the yard
in snow, long fallen, snow
and silence both! Light
the air’s stillness, white
and crisp the lustre glaze
on stone, the night so
clear that I could drink the sky
with all its tingling stars,
till lastly I
lean tipsy back and gaze
up, to be startled by
the owl’s mask in the dark
above the quiet yard.


Helen Lawrenson

First published in Fras 17