Helen Reid is a writer, environmental activist and carer. She lives in Oxford. She has been published in IOTA and Mslexia magazines.  In 2020 she won second prize for her poetry in the Blue Nib Chapbook 6 Competition. The Chapbook is available to purchase here.  In 2021, she became the poet in residence at Hogacre Common Eco Park.

In her poetry, Helen mines the stuff of everyday life in order to find the extraordinary, absurd or deeply personal details that are also somehow universal.

Tiny details, vividly evoked, such as the blister on a mother’s heel while sightseeing in high-heels, made me fall hard for this work.

Guest judge audrey molloy