Helena Durham graduated from the University in Nottingham with a BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing – first class, University Prize for outstanding academic achievement and Robert Peers School of Education prize.
Dissertation: a 45 minute radio drama and an in depth exploration of two elements: dialogue as the vehicle for narration, setting, time frame, character, plot, tone and story; and the aesthetics of stylistic variation within a single work, i.e. naturalistic and poetic.
Third year research project: The Purpose and Meaning of Titles to Poets, Fiction Writers and Publishers.
Helena trained as a nurse, taught nurses and then worked for the Church of England. She is now an agnostic. Her pastimes include writing and literature related activities, choral singing, theatre, film, art (viewing not doing), photography and mindfulness.
2010 – Out of the River, University of Nottingham: two poems and a short story
2011 – Assent, poetry journal: Telling the Stained Glass
2011 – Seventy – edited poetry anthology celebrating 70 years of the Nottingham Poetry Society: two poems
2011 – Into the Fire, University of Nottingham: two poems
2012 – Through the Aether: University of Nottingham: poem and non-fiction article: Step-mother of a Soldier
2012 – The Letters Page, (pilot edition) yes, you’ve guessed it, a fictional letter in the literary journal of letters, edited by Jon McGregor
2013 – Guest blog for Damien G. Walter
2014 – The Lumen: literary journal of the Dept Medical Humanities, University of Edinburgh: Dissociation, poem
2015 – Nottingham Writers’ Studio journal: A Sense of Place, poem
2015 – The Letters Page, Issue 6: Cataracta, a letter
2016 – Marbles Don’t Cry, anthology of the 55+ Creative Arts Programme, Theatre Royal, Nottingham: How to Make a Nurse – memoir article
2012 – short-listed flash fiction piece for SoundSpiral, an art installation in the Cultural Olympiad
2014 – long-listed, BBC OpeningLines short story competition
Readings and performances:
2010, 2011, 2012 – University of Nottingham publication launches
2010 – Lowdham Festival of Literature
2011 – Southwell Poetry Festival
2012 – Nottingham Poetry Society for Nottingham’s St George’s Day celebration
2014 – Sharpham House, two poems and a sound piece at the end of a creative writing course led by Alice and Peter Oswald
2015 – comic poem within a performance by Kate Fox and Alfie Crow, Nottingham Writers’ Studio
2015 – Live at Lunch, Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Monologue – One Banana
2013/14 – 55+ writers, Theatre Royal, Nottingham, shadowing course tutor Cathy Grindrod and teaching parts and all of some sessions.