Thomas Helm is a writer and multimedia journalist who has reported from Spain, Geneva, Kashmir, UK, France and Turkey.
He currently writes for the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.
Notable publications include a special feature on a philosophy class for the homeless in London, an overview of the British Food Renaissance featuring interviews with celebrated chefs Heston Blumenthal and Ashley Palmer-Watts, a report on the precarious food situation in Greek refugee camps, a story about how two brothers manage their highly successful Syrian vineyard in a time of war and an analysis of the effect of Brexit on food imports and exports. For a longer list of articles, please click on the journalism tab at the top of this page.
He began working as a journalist at the age of eighteen, with the Kashmir Observer, an independent newspaper that serves the region of Jammu and Kashmir in North West India.
After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, he worked for the International Service of Human Rights as a reporter at the United Nations Human Rights council, with a special focus on freedom of expression and how political regimes restrict the work of human rights defenders.
In 2016 he worked as a Spanish language journalist in the newsroom of La Vanguardia, Barcelona. In addition to helping run the gastronomy channel “COMER”, he contributed various articles on international issues such as inequality and the refugee crisis.
He has recently completed a masters in journalism at Columbia University, New York and the University of Barcelona.
In 2011 he graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a first class honours degree in English literature. His essay on the representation of war in the poetry of Louis MacNeice was shortlisted for the Undergraduate of the Year Award.
In December 2009, his debut play ‘A Night of Solitude’ ran for five nights at the Player’s Theatre, Dublin. He has also collaborated in an adaptation of Molière’s Misanthrope (Players Theatre, Dublin, 2010) and Borges’ The Aleph (Doodlebar Studios, London, 2012). His monologue ‘Stories of Exile and Movement’ was translated into Italian and performed at the Illumino di Meno Festival and the Buon Compleanno Theatre Festival in 2013.
His debut collection of poems and songs ‘Silence, Passion and Music’ appeared as an independent publication in 2015. His poem ‘Lovelock’ was published in the 2008 edition of the literary magazine The Attic. His short story ‘Shostakovich’ was published in the July 2015 edition of the DSCH Journal. He is currently finishing his debut novel ‘The Palace of Forgetfulness’ and a collection of short stories.
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