Helen Lynch is an author and academic based in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen. She published The Elephant and the Polish Question, a collection of interlinked short stories set in Poland during the collapse of Communism, in 2009. Her second collection, Tea for the Rent Boy, completed with the help of a Creative Scotland Writer's Bursary, was published in 2018. Some may also know her as the whistle player and dance caller in popular North-East, all-female ceilidh band, Danse McCabre.
Her research, on politics and poetry in the seventeenth century, resulted in the book Milton and the Politics of Public Speech in 2015, and she has written interactive online educational resources for schoolchildren, Beowulf for Beginners and The Knight with the Lion. Teaching for Scottish Culture & Traditions Association for many years, she co-edited The Aberdeen Collection: 250 Contemporary Scottish Tunes in Traditional Style in 2017.
She has performed at numerous festivals and literary events, participated in panel discussions and delivered workshops on various themes: most recently her ‘Elsewhere to Be’ series focusses on empowering young writers of Polish linguistic and cultural heritage to express and reflect on their experiences through creative writing.