Helen Sedgwick is a freelance writer and literary editor based in Glasgow.
Helen won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2012 and is working on a short story collection about science and a novel about false memory syndrome. Her work has been published internationally, and she has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow's Aye Write.
As an editor, Helen works for Freight Books and Cargo Publishing. She is co-founding editor of Fractured West and managing editor of Gutter, and she founded Wildland Literary Editors in 2012.
She is represented by Johnson and Alcock.
My short story, Save The Sea Turtles, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 7.45pm tonight as part of the Scottish Shorts series.
I'm very happy to say that I have a new agent. I'm now represented by Anna Power at Johnson and Alcock.
The Next Big Thing
Last week, poet and novelist Kate Tough tagged me on her blog as part of a writer chain called THE NEXT BIG THING. So this week it's my turn. Here you can read all about my recently completed novel, Trust, and see my recommendations for writers who I think could be the next big thing.
It's finally happened - I have set up my own company! It's called Wildland Literary Editors, and will offer a range of editorial services and taught courses for writers. Have a look at the new website to see exactly what I'll be doing.
I'll be reading at the fantastic Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival at 4pm on 20th August - if you're in Edinburgh, do come along!
The Edinburgh International Book Festival will be launching two amazing books that I have edited this year. The Elsewhere collection, which includes stories from Amy Bloom, Roddy Doyle and Michael Morpurgo, will be launched on the 16th August, and My Gun Was As Tall As Me by Toni Davidson will be launched on the 12th. It would be great to see you there!
August is nearly here, and I'm looking forward to teaching at the Scottish Universities International Summer School in Edinburgh again this year.
I'm delighted to have written a guest blog post for The Peripatetic Studio about the science and writing collaboration at the Galloway Astronomy Centre.
Finding the Truth
I've written a blog for the Scottish Book Trust about combining fact and fiction, and why - at long last - I'm writing about science.
I'll be performing my work at a brand new event in Edinburgh on 25th May - everyone welcome!
My guest blog post about the inspiration for my short story, Horizon View, is up now on Kirsty Logan's beautiful website.
Words Per Minute
WPM on Sunday 1st April is a trans-atlantic special. Joining forces with London's The Special Relationship, we'll bring you amazing live fiction and poetry from Wayne Price, Ryan Van Winkle, Jarred McGinnis, Caroline Bird and many more. From 4pm in The Arches, Glasgow.
A Thousand Cranes
The launch of A Thousand Cranes at the Margins Book and Music Festival at 3pm on Saturday 25th Feb includes readings from Katy McAulay, Andrea Mullaney and me! Hope to see you there.
Margins Book and Music Festival
Running from Friday 24th - Sunday 26th February, Margins festival has announced an incredible line-up of literary and musical acts including Alasdair Gray's Fleck, Malcolm Middleton, Louise Welsh, Helen Fitzgerald, Gutter Issue 06 and many more.
Words Per Minute
WPM on Saturday 11th Feb is Frames Per Second! Part of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, we're teaming up with Flatrate to bring you a film writers special. For one month only we'll be in the Berkeley Suite, at 7.30pm.
Story.Book is out now and includes my short story, Matthew, along with fiction by Gill Hoffs, J. David Simons, and all the other prize-winners from the 2011 Unbound Press and Spilling Ink Review literary competitions.
Words Per Minute
WPM on Sunday 11th December is the Christmas Special! Come along and get all festive at 4pm in the Arches, with live music, poetry, stories and short film.
Fractured West Issue 3
Fractured West Issue 3, The Pull of Distance, is out now! Have a look at the beautiful Issue 3 website, read a selection of stories and buy your very own copy here.
Words Per Minute
WPM on Sunday 13th November is the Sex Special! The hottest Sunday evening in freezing Glasgow starts at 5pm in the Arches, with live music, dance, poetry and stories all about and inspired by - you guessed it - sex.
Once Upon a Universe
Following a sold-out event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, we have produced a website and booklet containing the stories and science from our cosmological collaboration. Details of the publication to follow, but for now you can read all about it on our new website.
I'll be teaching two classes for DACE this term: Flash Fiction to Novel, which starts on Wednesday 5th October and Advanced Creative Writing, which starts on Thursday 6th. There are still a few places left on each course, so sign up now!
Words Per Minute
WPM is back with style in October, with events at Bungofest on Saturday 8th and our monthly slot at The Arches on Sunday 9th.
Gutter Issue 5 Out Now
Issue 5 is better and brighter than ever, with new work by Toni Davidson, Anneliese Mackintosh and Ewan Morrison.
I'll be reading at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Kirsty Logan on Tuesday 16th August at 9.30am(!) in the Captain's Bar. Your ticket even includes a coffee and a cake so if you're in Edinburgh, please do come along.
Several events coming up at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, so take a deep breath: 15th August at 9pm is Gutter's McHigh at EIBF Unbound, 26th August at 9pm is Words Per Minute at EIBF Unbound and 28th August is the launch of Killing the Messenger at the book festival. Hope to see you there!
PANK Special Issue: London Calling
The Lost Things and the Seagull, an extract from my recently completed novel Burning Rates, has been published in PANK magazine's special issue London Calling. Lots of great work from great writers - read it!
My short story, Leila Doll, is now up on the Imagining Scotland website, along with the other shortlisted stories from the national competition and new work from Alan Warner and Anne Donovan.
Words Per Minute 13
Words Per Minute has moved to Saturday's for the summer! On Saturday June 11th, we are teaming up with Fractured West, Spilling Ink and Gutter to bring you the WPM lit mags special. Join us at 4pm in The Arches for a hit of culture before your rocking Saturday night.
Stories of Cosmology
I'm back from my weekend in the Galloway Astronomy Centre, where I was collaborating with astronomers, particle physicists, theologians, performers and storytellers. Watch this space for news of our website, upcoming performances, publications and animation.
Litro Issue 105 Out Now
Available in all good London tube stations, this science-themed issue of Litro includes my short story Walter, as well as new work and interviews from Tania Hershman and Iain M Banks.
Fractured West Issue 2 Out Now
Launched at the Flying Duck in February 2011, the new issue of Fractured West is out now!
Gutter Issue 4 Out Now
Issue 4 is bigger and brighter than ever, with new work by Zoe Wicomb, Rodge Glass, Cynthia Rogerson, Lesley McDowell, and me!
Save The Sea Turtles was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 24th February. It is available to listen to on the BBC website until 3rd March.
Fractured West is a literary magazine of flash fiction, edited by Helen Sedgwick & Kirsty Logan.
Gutter is an award-winning, high quality, printed journal dedicated to the best new Scottish creative writing.