Helen Lamb was a poet and fiction writer, a beloved mother of three and a cherished grandmother. A winner of the Scotland on Sunday/Women 2000 short story prize, Helen’s work was widely published in literary journals and anthologies and appeared in translation. Many of Helen’s stories were broadcast on radio. Her publications include Strange Fish, with Magi Gibson and Superior Bedsits, a collection of Helen's short stories. At the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh, Helen was a hugely respected tutor of Creative Writing and fostered a reputation as an editor with skills that were second to none in her breadth of ability and the care she took with nurturing her student’s development as storytellers. Helen also worked with a number of charities in Scotland using creative writing as therapeutic interventions to aid healing from trauma and improve mental health.
Chris Powici, who was Helen's partner and is an author, poet and teacher, writes here in memory of Helen, for The Grantidote.
These things are happening now:
an April wind
rook nests swaying in the trees like dark bells
the thought of her, in the garden, watching.
Ferns tremble by the shed door.
Last night’s rain drips from the firethorn leaves.
All this brilliant shock of world
and the thought of her watching.