About

Helen Dewbery

Helen Dewbery has taught poetry film extensively, in person and online. Her work has appeared internationally at poetry and film festivals, where she has also presented talks and curations. She currently works alongside Nine Arches Press creating poetry films and book trailers with their authors. For seven years she delivered a programme of poetry film events at Poetry Swindon Festival, including events in the community and an outdoor projection. Her video essay ‘In Search of the Perfect Poetry Film’, is a personal journey with a searching quality that resists easy answers or received ideas. She is currently exploring how poetry film is used to express trauma. She has worked on projects which have included the poetry film collection ‘Nothing in the Garden’ and has edited various photography and poetry books. She founded the online poetry film magazine Poetry Film Live www.poetryfilmlive.com

She is an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society and approaches poetry film as a contemporary photographic artist, combining still and moving images.

Recipient of four Arts Council England grants to develop writing and poetry film projects.

Films shown at:

  • Bologna in Lettere 2021
  • Athens International Video Poetry Festival 2016, 2019
  • Festival Silêncio in Lisbon 2016
  • Visible Verse Poetry Film Festival in Vancouver, 2015.
  • Sadho Poetry Film Festival, New Delhi, 2015.
  • The Lighthouse Film Poem competition in Poole, 2015.
  • Liberated Words International Poetry Film Festival in 2013 and 2014.
  • Cheltenham Poetry Festival (2013, 2014)
  • Swindon Festival of Poetry (2014, 2015)
  • The University of Gloucestershire (2013, 2014)
  • The Dymock Poets Conference (2015)
  • Film Weston (2014)
  • Bristol Spring Poetry Festival (2015)
  • Writers in the Brewery (2013)
  • The Tivoli (2014)
  • Green Light at Bordeaux Quay in Bristol with Inkling Productions (2016)
  • The Masons Arms London NW10 (2016)
  • The Berkeley Square Poetry Review, Bristol (2016)

Other projects include:
Bath Fringe Festival 2014: Still Points Moving World performance writing exhibition.
Regular solo and group photographic exhibitions at The Gardens Gallery.
Photographs of Nature exhibition at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, 2011.
Nothing in the Garden by Chaucer Cameron and Helen Dewbery, 2014, a poetry and photographic collection.
Co-edited The Museum of Light, 2014, a poetry and photography collaboration.
Co-edited Salt on the Wind: Poetry in Response to Ruth Stone, 2015.