Author details

Helen Lamb


Scottish Book Trust were saddened to hear of Helen Lamb's death in April 2017. Find out more about Helen's work at the Scottish Poetry Library website.


Poet and fiction writer. Since 2003, Helen has been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow and is currently based at Edinburgh University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering. She also teaches the history of the Enlightenment and a number of creative writing courses at the Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh. Helen has a long standing interest in the use of creative writing in a therapeutic setting. From 1998-2003, she worked with Open Secret, a counselling service for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. More recently, she has been involved in projects with the Falkirk Association for Mental Health.

About writer's work

Winner of the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 short story prize, Helen’s work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies and has appeared in translation. Many of her stories have been broadcast on radio. Two of her poems have been reproduced as National Poetry Day postcards. She received Scottish Arts Council writing bursaries in1999 & 2002.

Current events and projects

Helen is available for readings and workshops on poetry, short story and writing from life. She has many years’ experience of transmitting writing techniques to a wide range of people, including junior and senior pupils and adult groups. She has also worked on mental health projects. She has helped groups produce short plays for radio (teens), develop exhibitions of words and images, and publish anthologies of writing.

Other work

Poems anthologised: 'Mid-summer Night Riff' in The Dynamics of Balsa (ASLS, 2007) / ISBN 978 0 948877 77 3 'Spell of the Bridge' in The Thing that Mattered Most, Scottish poems for children (Scottish Poetry Library, 2006) / ISBN 13 978 1 84502 095 8 'Intensive care' in The Poetry Cure/ (Bloodaxe, 2005) / ISBN 1 85224 690 1 'Evidence' and 'So thin' in The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry/ (Edinburgh University Press, 2005) / ISBN13 978 0748620159 'Late now' and 'Revolving Door' in Milking the Haggis/ (ASLS, 2004) / ISBN 0 948877 57 X 'Married Bliss' in Scottish Literature in the 20th Century/ (Scottish Cultural Press, 2002)/ ISBN 1 84017 042 5 'Loch' in Scottish Poems (Macmillan, 2001) / ISBN 0 333 90073 1

Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Poet, Writer



Books written

Strange Fish

Strange Fish

Author(s): Helen Lamb, Magi Gibson
Poems and artwork