Helen Fletcher studied English at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She has worked in Kenya and Britain on rural development projects and lives in Carlisle. She is Catholic and comes from a family of medics and science graduates.
Onslaught published her wonderful début poetry collection The lightbulb has stigmata in 2016.
Here is some praise for the book:
In our numb, image-saturated, word-saturated world a poet emerges and makes some sense and some strange beauty of it all, all the things we see and hear and feel, or fail to. Enthralling! A voice like no other I know and one that keeps changing and surprising us at every turn.
What strikes the reader about the best of these poems is their daring and their fearlessness and the pervasive sense of jeopardy which is achieved through the angle at which the poet approaches her subject matter. In this edgy, off-beat world, the trope of the split self is given new life—the woman meeting her body on a park bench in Paris who achieves a tentative wholeness—but also the discourse of spiritual quest is reinvigorated. The voices we hear in this beguiling collection unsettle and engage the reader precisely because they speak without apparently having any designs on their audience—the hospital waitress, the woman seeing stigmata in a lightbulb, the undergraduate who sits ‘failing with victory ticks on [her] trainers’. These are captivating poems from a poet of great promise.