writing

I’ve written for the Junket, BBC Wildlife, Litro, Backroad, Dark Mountain, and Resurgence magazine. In 2015 I was awarded the Skaftfell residency in Iceland, and in 2016 & 2017 the Alde Valley Festival residency in Suffolk, England. I’m represented by Jessica Woollard at David Higham Associates.

A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings, a memoir about bees, bodies and beekeeping, will be my first book. It’s coming out in the UK in July 2018 with Scribner.

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Advance praise for A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings:

“It’s a book as strange, beautiful and unexpected, as precise and exquisite in its movings as bees in a hive. I loved it. “

Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk

“A mesmeric, lovely, quietly powerful book. A gentle but compelling account of the redemption that comes from relationship and attention.” 

Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

“A profound, funny and sometimes deeply moving book that describes a year of inner city bee keeping, while dancing between the history of bees and us and what it means to be human in our modern world.”

Julia Blackburn, author of Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske

“This charming account of a novice beekeeper’s first year is also a subtle meditation on humanity’s relationship with nature. Open and wise, Helen Jukes brings us a little closer to the heart of the real.”

Caspar Henderson, author of A New Map of Wonders

“An intimate exploration of the heart and home, and a tantalising glimpse into an alien culture. A brave and delicate book, rich and fascinating.”

Nick Hunt, author of Where the Wild Winds Are

“Helen Jukes shows how we’ve long felt a close and profound connection to honeybees and their colonies. Her honest and heartfelt book shows how individuals are touched by the natural world in ways that give us hope.”

Hattie Ellis, author of Sweetness & Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee

“A very human story about the aliens gathering  in her back garden – bees, fascinating but almost unknowable. Their wildness and her duty to them help open up a desk rat’s uninspiring life to all the possibilities of love, care, connection and sheer wonder. It is a lovely, entirely personal journey into the very heart of the hive.”

Michael Pye, author of The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us What We Are

“I raced through this really terrific, down-to-earth read. The existential threat to our entire ecosystem posed by the problems facing bees can be hard to grasp, but Helen manages to make this a very personal, human story that, hopefully, might inspire others to action.”

Luke Turner, author of Out of the Woods (forthcoming)

Pre-order A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings at Foyles, Waterstones or Amazon – or at your local independent bookshop.