Helen Evans began her working life as a journalist, while taking up gliding as a hobby. In 1999 she had the opportunity to combine her love of soaring flight with her professional skills when she became editor of the sport’s national magazine, Sailplane & Gliding, a job she held until 2008. 

In 2007 an evening course with Greta Stoddart reintroduced her to poetry and in 2009-10 she studied for a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews, where her tutors were Robert Crawford, Kathleen Jamie and Don Paterson.

Her poem ‘Night Crossing’ came third in the Manchester Cathedral prize in 2010 and her work has appeared in a range of magazines, including The Rialto and The North. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Only By Flying, was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award 2016.

Between 2011 and 2016 she worked each year as a tutor on the University of St Andrews’ creative writing summer programme directed by author Jonathan Falla.

Helen is based in Exeter, Devon.

Only By Flying, HappenStance 2015

Author’s website: www.helenevans.co.uk