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Helen Baczkowska is a writer and ecologist living in rural Norfolk.  Her writing is largely non-fiction and explores the histories, both natural and human, of places, as well as memories of 30 years as an environmental campaigner. Helen has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglian and in 2021, was shortlisted for the Nan Shepherd prize for under-represented voices in nature: www.nanshepherdprize.com.

Previous publications include Twyford Rising, land and resistance, published in 2020.  Twyford Rising, published under the name Helen Beynon, is an oral history of Britain’s first direct action road protest camp at Twyford Down in 1992.  Information can be found on twyfordrising.org

Collaborations with photographer John Volynchook include Beyond the Shingle Bank and Faultlines, an exploration of communities and landscapes affected by fracking. Helen has also written for The Ecologist, The Land and a publication on the life and work of poet John Clare.

Work in progress includes Faultlines, The Unbounded Land, a book about common land in Britain today and No False Alarms, a journal of climate change and extinction.

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Helen writing nature notes in the Wensum Valley. Image R Long

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