I’ve written for the Junket, BBC Wildlife, Litro, Backroad, Dark Mountain, and Resurgence magazine. In 2015 I was awarded the Skaftfell writing residency in Iceland, and in 2016 and 2017 the Alde Valley Festival Writing Residency.

My first book, A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings, is due out in July 2018 with Scribner UK. I’m represented by Jessica Woollard at David Higham Associates.


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

“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