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Helen Tookey

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  • Helen Tookey was born near Leicester in 1969. She studied philosophy and literature at university and currently teaches Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. Her short collection Telling the Fractures, a collaboration with photographer Alan Ward, was published by Axis Projects in 2008. Her verse was anthologised in New Poetries V (Carcanet, 2011) and in Best British Poetry 2013 and 2014 (Salt). Her debut full-length collection, Missel-Child, was published by Carcanet in 2014 and shortlisted for the 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection.
    'Missel-Child is an exceptional volume. Some of the subject-matter is ‘found’, some comes from a powerful and intelligent imagination and from keen observation. All is embodied in a language that is sensuous and strong.'
    Jeffrey Wainwright
    'The diction is unexpected, apt and deeply satisfying, focusing the reader not only on the words chosen, but also on the ghosts and resonances of those that might have been there.'
    Carola Luther
    'Her quiet, precise poems have a genuine eeriness. She has interests in both archaeology and psychology, but knows intuitively that they aren't separate -- that when we dig up the past it's our own roots we are looking at.'
    Grevel Lindop
    Awards won by Helen Tookey Winner, 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection (Missel-Child)
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