Helen Nicholson

Helen Nicholson now lives in Cupar, Fife, after many years in London. Her pamphlet, Briar Mouth, was published by HappenStance in 2018. Helen is a trustee of Magma Poetry, of which she was a founder member, and a helper at StAnza. She is also a fundraiser for a Dundee-based charity for children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties and a creative writing tutor on a University of St Andrews summer programme. She completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews in 2016.

Helen Nicholson, smiling directly at the camera


In Touch with the Past »

A digital installation of commissioned poems on Cypriot artefacts from the Bridges Collection

Thu 7 March - Sun 10 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer


This Room

So after all that, after all,
that is my job. I know it now.
I’d thought it in the next room
but one. Always a door ajar,
a calling breeze. But now I know
it’s here - as shiny, lush and green
as that ground elder anointed with rain.
Some leaves have a mirror sheen.
Others stare, mottled, but not the dull
I’d made them. So, that’s my job:
this small room, this window view.
This shiver of cold.


Helen Nicholson

From Briar Mouth (HappenStance, 2018)