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New Writer 2022: Helena Fornells Nadal
Helena Fornells Nadal is a Catalan poet based in Edinburgh, where she works as a bookseller. Her poems have appeared in Harana Poetry, Finished Creatures, The Interpreter's House, DATABLEED, and the anthologies The Evergreen: A New Season in the North and New Writing Scotland. In 2018, she won the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (EAL), judged by Kayo Chingonyi.
In 2021, Helena spent a month writing at Can Serrat International Art Residency, in Catalonia, and worked on a collaborative poetry installation exhibited at Allanbank Mill Steading in the Scottish Borders.
As a poet who writes in English as a second language, Helena is interested in work that shows idiosyncratic and non-idiomatic uses of syntax and is currently working in the lyric essay form as well as poetry.
on the boat with a brother
with a father on the sea
in the sea rock below brother
on the island a tower and trees
from the woods to the sand
with the boat on the beach
from the tower to the father
after the father towards the sea
dark green woodlands on the island
with a fire on the beach
a few branches under the father
on the boat with a machine
made of wood towards the island
from the tower to the trees
after a red ladder a father
heavy rain under the trees
with a knife towards a father
with a brother to the beach
iron ladder up the tower
on the island with one fish
an iron boat and a rowboat
chopping wood from the trees
in the night on the island
on the beach with the father
on the rowboat with a body
with his body
in the sea
'I've found writing very difficult throughout the pandemic. This award has given me new motivation to keep working hard at the thing I love, as well as providing a sense of community – it's such an honour to be part of this year's New Writers Awards group of writers and I can't wait to meet everyone.'