British Ecopoet Wins International Award

Permaculture magazine
Wednesday, 7th June 2017

A poem by Helen Moore has been chosen as one of the best examples in contemporary international writing in the ecopoetry category, a newly emerging genre.

British ecopoet, Helen Moore, has just been awarded $AUD1,000 for the publication of one of her poems in Meniscus, an online, free access literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), which aims to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary international writing. Money from The Australian Copyright Agency Cultural Fund is awarded to the writers of the best prose and poetry pieces published in each biannual issue.

Helen’s poem, ‘A Legacy, Mother's Day, 2016', is part of a new body of work, which will comprise her third collection entitled The Disinherited.  This collection, which Helen hopes to see published in 2018, is the poet’s response to being disinherited by her mother, and is a personal quest for poetic justice within the broader context of dispossession in a range of forms. These include the effects of colonization by the ‘Mother Country’ in Australia and Scotland; some of the impacts of industrial civilisation; and the legacies we’re leaving future generations.

Helen, who lives in Moray, NE Scotland, said: “This win has really come out of the blue!  A few months ago I sent some poems to Meniscus, hoping they might publish them, but had no idea that this award was available.  Then having heard they’d accepted two pieces for the journal, I got an email from one of the editors, Paul Hetherington, who is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra, telling me that ‘A Legacy, Mother's Day, 2016' had been awarded a thousand Aussie dollars.  It’s a real affirmation of my work, and wonderful to gain this kind of international recognition.”

ECOZOA, Helen’s second collection, published by Permanent Publications in 2015, was described by the Australian poet, John Kinsella, as “a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics”. 

Helen will be reading from ECOZOA at the Expressing the Earth conference in Argyll on Friday 23rd June, and at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference in Sheffield in September: