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Dr Helen Tookey

Biography

Helen Tookey is a poet, writer and editor. She previously worked in editorial and production roles for publishing companies including Liverpool University Press and Carcanet Press. Her first full-length poetry collection, Missel-Child, was published by Carcanet in 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection. Her pamphlet In the Glasshouse was published by HappenStance Press in 2016, and she is currently working on a second collection for Carcanet.
In 2016 Helen published a CD/booklet in collaboration with musician Sharron Kraus, If You Put Out Your Hand (Wounded Wolf Press), and has subsequently performed with Sharron and with guitarist Nick Jonah Davis. She is also developing collaborative projects with sound artist Martin Heslop; tracks from this work were featured at a 'Translation as Collaboration' event as part of the AHRC-funded Poettrio Experiment project (https://poettrioexperiment.com/).
Helen has also published critical work on twentieth-century writers including Anais Nin and Malcolm Lowry. She is part of an ongoing programme of Merseyside-based events focusing on Lowry, which has included a major international conference in July 2017, hosted jointly by LJMU and Bluecoat. She has given conference papers on the themes of 'orphaned writing', speech and communication in the work of Lowry and W.S. Graham. Having studied philosophy at BA and MPhil levels, she is also interested in the connections between poetry and philosophy.

Languages

German
French

Degrees

2000, Wadham College, University of Oxford, UK, DPhil in English Literature
1991, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, UK, MPhil in Philosophy
1990, University of Sheffield, UK, BA Hons in Philosophy

Academic appointments

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Liverpool Screen School, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
Associate Tutor in Creative Writing, English, Edge Hill University, 2011 - 2012
Associate Lecturer in English, English, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2002 - 2003

Publications

Highlighted publications

Tookey HJ. 2016. In the Glasshouse HappenStance Press. Glenrothes 9781910131312

Tookey HJ, Kraus S. 2016. If You Put Out Your Hand

Tookey HJ, Schmidt M. 2015. New Poetries VI (Eds.) Tookey HJ, Schmidt M. Carcanet Press 9781784100377

Tookey H. 2014. Missel-Child Carcanet Press 9781847772183

Biggs B, Tookey H. 2009. Malcolm Lowry From the Mersey to the World Liverpool University Press 9781846312281

Tookey H. 2003. Anaïs Nin, Fictionality and Femininity Playing a Thousand Roles Oxford University Press on Demand 9780199249831

Tookey HJ. Re-placing Malcolm Lowry: from the Mersey to the world (and back again) Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 8 :193-215 >DOI

Book

Tookey HJ. 2019. At Midnight the Last Trams Carcanet Press. Manchester

Young J, Tookey H. 2018. Trespass Zone Zimzalla Press

Tookey HJ. 2016. In the Glasshouse HappenStance Press. Glenrothes 9781910131312

Tookey HJ, Schmidt M. 2015. New Poetries VI (Eds.) Tookey HJ, Schmidt M. Carcanet Press 9781784100377

Tookey H. 2014. Missel-Child Carcanet Press 9781847772183

Biggs B, Tookey H. 2009. Malcolm Lowry From the Mersey to the World Liverpool University Press 9781846312281

Tookey H, Ward A. 2008. Telling the Fractures 9780955482526

Tookey H. 2003. Anaïs Nin, Fictionality and Femininity Playing a Thousand Roles Oxford University Press on Demand 9780199249831

Other

Tookey HJ. 2018. Hotel Apostrophe, Strandgade, What Can We Still Do (poems) Blackbox Manifold,

Tookey HJ. 2017. 'On the Black Canal', 'Episode', 'Halb Null', 'City of Departures' Shearsman magazine, :15-17

Tookey HJ. 2017. On the Black Canal, Episode, Halb null, City of Departures Shearsman,

Tookey HJ. 2015. Rheidol Valley, That Day off Sakhalin, That Night in the Woods Shearsman, :42-44

Artefact

Tookey HJ, Heslop M. 2018. Geschwister/Squall

Tookey HJ, Young J, Heslop M. 2018. Trespass Zone

Tookey HJ, Kraus S. 2016. If You Put Out Your Hand

Composition

Tookey HJ, Heslop M. 2017. Beautiful Error

Journal article

Tookey H. 2015. Re-placing Malcolm Lowry: From the Mersey to the world (and back again) Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 8 :193-215 >DOI

Tookey HJ. 2015. Re-placing Malcolm Lowry: From the Mersey to the world (and back again) Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 8 :193-215 >DOI

Tookey HJ, Lindop G. 2015. In Conversation with Grevel Lindop PN Review, 42

Tookey HJ. 2015. Impertinent Questions Eborakon, 1

Tookey HJ. 2013. Poets I Go Back To The North,

Tookey HJ. 2013. In conversation with Sujata Bhatt PN Review, :30-32

Tookey HJ. 2010. The Consul in the Pharmacy: Orphaned Writing, Alcohol, and the Pharmakon-Structure in Under the Volcano The Firminist,

Tookey HJ. 2008. A Kind of Mud-Wrestling: A Conversation with Jeffrey Wainwright PN Review, :38-41

Tookey HJ. 2004. The fiend that smites with a look: the monstrous/menstruous woman and the danger of the gaze in Oscar Wilde's Salome Literature and Theology, 18 :23-37

Tookey HJ. Re-placing Malcolm Lowry: from the Mersey to the world (and back again) Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 8 :193-215 >DOI

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Award title: Missel-Child shortlisted for Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection, 2015, Awarding body: Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen's University Belfast

Conference organisation:

Conference name: Under the Volcano, 70 Years On: An international Malcolm Lowry conference, Position: Organiser

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Across the Constructed Space: Location and Communication in Malcolm Lowry and W.S. Graham, Conference title: Local Modernisms: 1890-1950, Place/location of conference: University of Birmingham, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Re-placing Malcolm Lowry: from the Mersey to the World (and back again), Conference title: Brighton Writes: Place-Based Arts, Place/location of conference: University of Brighton, Presentation type: Oral presentation

External committees:

Committee name: Advisory committee, My Bluecoat project, Organisation: Bluecoat, Position: Advisor, URL: http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/

Industrial connections:

Company: PN Review, Position or project: Coordinating editor, URL: http://pnrev/iewco.uk

Other invited event:

Title of event: Doped in Stunned Mirages: A Poetic Celebration of Don Van Vliet, Location: Bluecoat, Liverpool, Description: As part of ACE-funded Captain Beefheart Weekend at Bluecoat, thirteen poets were invited to respond to the work of this musician/artist.

Title of event: Fano Free Folk Festival, Location: Fano, Denmark, Description: Experimental music festival; I was invited to perform along with Sharron Kraus and Nick Jonah Davis, based on our collaborative CD If You Put Out Your Hand

Title of event: Albert Poets, Location: Huddersfield, Description: Poetry reading: invited poets Helen Tookey, Judith Willson, Jeffrey Wainwright, Stuart Pickford

Title of event: Poettrio Experiment: Translation as Collaboration, Location: Newcastle University, Description: Event showcasing poetry work involving different types of translation, part of AHRC-funded Poettrio project (https://poetrrioexperiment.com). Martin Heslop and I were invited to present our text/sound collaborative work.

Title of event: Carcanet's Emerging Poets, Location: Books Upstairs, Dublin, Description: Poetry reading

Title of event: Belfast Books Festival, Location: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Description: Poetry reading