Biography

helenHelen Sedgwick is a writer, publisher and literary editor based in Glasgow.

Helen won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2012 and is currently working on a novel about comets and Antarctica. Her writing has been published internationally and broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and she has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow’s Aye Write.

Helen is the joint managing director of Cargo Publishing, the managing editor of Gutter, and she founded Wildland Literary Editors in 2012.

She is represented by Johnson and Alcock.

News & Events

3
JULY

Cargo Publishing

I’m now joint Managing Director at Cargo Publishing. We have a new website too – come and take a look around.

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25
FEB

Gutter 10

Gutter Issue 10 is coming! The new issue, complete with beautiful new redesign, will be arriving at the end of February.

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24
JAN

Fractured West

The final issue of Fractured West is out now. Issue 5, After Lives, is a magical issue to end on and we’re very proud of it.

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29
JULY

Gutter 09

Gutter Issue 09 is here. This is my first issue as managing editor and I hope you all enjoy reading it.

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27
JULY

EIBF

I will be chairing three events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year, on the 19th, 20th and 24th of August. More details to be announced soon.

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News Archive

20
JUNE

Wildland Literary Editors

My editorial and literary consultancy company, Wildland Literary Editors, offers a range of services for new and established writers.

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24
FEB

Radio 4

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.

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20JAN

Representation

I’m very happy to say that I have a new agent. I’m now represented by Anna Power at Johnson and Alcock.

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13NOV

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.

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18OCT

Wildland

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.

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30JULY

Story Shop

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!

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18JULY

EIBF

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!

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17JULY

SUISS

August is nearly here, and I’m looking forward to teaching at the Scottish Universities International Summer School in Edinburgh again this year.

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11JULY

The Observatory

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.

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26MAY

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.

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25MAY

Edinburgh Reading

I’ll be performing my work at a brand new event in Edinburgh on 25th May – everyone welcome!

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18MAR

Thievery

My guest blog post about the inspiration for my short story, Horizon View, is up now on Kirsty Logan’s beautiful website.

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17MAR

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.

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11FEB

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.

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06FEB

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.

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18JAN

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.

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07DEC

Story.Book

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.

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06DEC

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.

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01DEC

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.

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10NOV

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.

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09NOV

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.

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23SEP

DACE courses

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!

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22SEP

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.

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15AUG

Gutter Issue 5 Out Now

Issue 5 is better and brighter than ever, with new work by Toni Davidson, Anneliese Mackintosh and Ewan Morrison.

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08AUG

Edinburgh Fringe

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.

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06AUG

EIBF events

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!

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09JULY

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!

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05JUN

Imagining Scotland

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.

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28MAY

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.

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25APR

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.

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18APR

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.

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28FEB

Fractured West Issue 2 Out Now

Launched at the Flying Duck in February 2011, the new issue of Fractured West is out now!

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22FEB

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!

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Latest Publication

Latest Publication

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I'm excited to have a new flash fiction featured in The List this January. 

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Fractured West

Fractured West

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Fractured West is a literary magazine of flash fiction, edited by Helen Sedgwick & Kirsty Logan.

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Gutter

Gutter

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Gutter is an award-winning, high quality, printed journal dedicated to the best new Scottish creative writing.

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