Helen Evans: Only by Flying

My Featured Writer page seems to be all about flying at the moment. This month’s Featured Writer is Helen Evans a former glider pilot and award-winning journalist on the subject of gliding who took up poetry to articulate her joy in flying … and maybe to give herself yet more thrills. In her remarkable debut pamphlet, Only by Flying, gliding and poetry seem at one with all the different ways of gliding shown as complex as navigating life. I think I first met Helen when we both started on Greta Stoddart’s course in 2007 and I know we both share a love of birds. In her biography it is incredible to read about Helen’s hard work and persistence with whatever she takes up in life. So watch this space…



These not-long poems are witty and deft, finely honed and carefully judged. Look at the end of ‘Last Landing’ about Concorde or again in the poem titled ‘Out of Season’:
‘Mountain hares have left
deep marks in the summer drifts.

I want to take a panful of their tracks
home in my warm car.

I am so looking forward to the launch of this Happenstance pamphlet on Dec 16th  and to hear the poems spoken aloud.
Here is a Facebook link to Helen‘s author page


About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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One Response to Helen Evans: Only by Flying

  1. E.E. Nobbs says:

    Thanks for this introduction to Helen & the way she uses poetry to share a special part of her life. I enjoyed all the poems – especially moved by the descriptions in “The Jackdaw’s”.

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