I am an artist and writer who explores the feelings about one’s roots and one’s own land. The heimlich and the unheimlich when living abroad, das andere in the absences and the anxieties of the stranger.
I published my graphic novel Lulu la sensationnelle by Presque Lune Editions, in France, and published it in English as well as my second graphic novel Tito and the Love Letters. I co-wrote and co-edited the full-length essay film As Sure As The Rain, by artist Nick Stewart. The film was awarded a silver laurel by the International Independent Film Awards, in Los Angeles. I have worked commissioned by The Guardian newspaper.
In my teaching, I actively explore the innovation for art education, as an associate lecturer at the Art and Design Department, at Sheffield Hallam University, mainly with Dialogue (https://helenblejerman.com/metaacademy/) which began funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
I have written for publications like The Guardian, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Now Then Magazine, and Berfrois, and have published my short stories in Mexican anthologies. I am a frequent guest at BBC Radio Sheffield, and I have written and co-produced cultural radio shows. Projects like Deciphering the City, El Proyecto Calavera, On Pain the Dead and Other Delicacies, and El Jardín de Nuestra Lengua (Our Language Garden).
I have a degree in advertising and a masters degree in art. I have worked in places like Mexico, Africa, and England.
(Photo Francesca Woodman)
9th October 2019, Off the Shelf Festival of Words, in Sheffield. A reading of an excerpt of my piece ‘Synesthesia’ as part of the launch of the anthology ‘Sheffield’, edited by Emma Bolland, published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe.
26th June 2019 Manchester University, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. An artist talk about my book Tito and the Love Letters.
27th February 2018 Sheffield Hallam University, Department of Art and Design. A talk about the history and the current climate of the graphic narrative, and the essential elements to create one.
21st October 2016 Winchester School of Art. An artist talk and discussion with students across the Fine Art Department.
19th January 2015 Foyles, London. An artist talk about my book Lulu the Sensational and the Family Secret.
4th October 2014 For the symposium InDialogue– Talk with artist Hester Reeve, about our experience in implementing Bohmian Dialogue in the Art School. Nottingham, UK.
23 July 2013 For the seminar Languages, Identity and Work. The University of Sheffield, Education Department. Talk: The Role of the Mother Tongue When Living in a Foreign Country as a Writer.
25 April 2013 Guest speaker at the European Commission project Tynet 50+ Bastad, Sweden. Talk: Long Distance to Mexico: Affection in Language and Technology.
10 April 2013 Guest speaker at University College Cork. Network of Multilinguism. Cork, Ireland. Invited by the Embassy of Mexico in Dublin, Ireland. Talk: A Writer Living Abroad or Emotion in the Mother Tongue.
9 April 2013 Guest speaker at Instituto Cervantes Dublin. Invited by the Embassy of Mexico in Dublin, Ireland. Talk: A Writer Living Abroad or Emotion in the Mother Tongue.
20 March 2013 Reading of short stories at Octopus Prose Night. The Riverside. Sheffield, UK.
7 March 2013 Talk and workshop at SHU Fest, Sheffield Hallam University. Stretching the Micro Story: Once Upon a Time Latin America.
29 November 2012 Morning workshop part of the Latin American Week, Silverdale school. Sheffield. Creative Writing and Mexican Tertulia.
2 November 2012 Reading of my short stories, in one of the four days Day of the Dead Celebration. Cantor building Sheffield Hallam University. An event by the Latin American Community in Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University.
1 November 2012 Sheffield University, The Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hispanic Studies. Talk: The Life of the Day of the Dead, followed by the reading of one of my short stories and group analysis.