Heather Taylor

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Heather Taylor
Born (1977-09-09) September 9, 1977 (age 39)
Edmonton, Alberta
Nationality Canadian
Other names Heather Arness
Citizenship Canadian
Education MA creative writing
Alma mater City University
Occupation Film director, writer, film producer, poet
Years active 2002–present
Awards Wandsworth Community Champion, 2011

Heather Taylor (born 9 September 1977 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian poet, writer, filmmaker, and social media and community specialist.[1] Taylor studied music, acting and writing in western Canada.[2]

Poetry and performance[edit]

In the UK, she was a featured performer at events/ venues including Spit Lit, the Victoria & Albert Museum,[3] Borders, Poetry Café,[4] Book Slam, RADA, Camberwell Arts Festival,[5] Harrow Festival, Runnymede International Literature Festival, Penned in the Margins,[6] and Glastonbury Festival.[7] She has also performed at the Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol) and The Guardian Newsroom as part of the Remember Ken Saro-Wiwa project[8] and has been a member of Apples and Snakes and Malika's Poetry Kitchen.[9]

From 2005 to 2007, Taylor toured the two-woman poetry and music show Accents on Words with Aoife Mannix. It was launched at the Poetry Café in London in November 2005 and was performed at a number of venues, including The British Library with BBC Radio London,[10] BAC with Apples and Snakes, The Aran Islands (Ireland) and India with the British Council for Mumbai Poetry Live. In December 2007, Heather Taylor took part in first Belgrade International Poetry festival "Beogradski Trg".

Past projects also include poetry and performance with the BlackFriars Settlement (girls aged 11– 16) and the Women's Library.[11] She has two full poetry collections: Horizon & Back (Tall Lighthouse, UK, 2005) and Sick Day Afternoons (Treci Trg, Serbia, 2009).[12]

Theatre and radio[edit]

As a playwright, Taylor's work has been seen at the Tricycle Theatre, Soho Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, the Pleasance,[13] Etcetera Theatre[14] & Theatre 503 in London as well as New Place in St. Albans, G12 in Glasgow as part of the NewWriting NewWorlds Festival.[15] She graduated with an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from City University.[16] Her play Prisms was the Sunday Play on Resonance FM, 16 December 2010.


In 2008, Taylor later co-wrote a Bengali western called The Last Thakur. It was a Channel 4 co-production with Artificial Eye as the distributor. The film was received well by critics and Sight & Sound magazine named The Last Thakur "one of the most confident British debut features since Asif Kapadia's The Warrior (2001)... with which it shares an Asian location and language and a welcome belief in the primacy of visual storytelling."[17]

The film premiered at the London Film Festival[18] and was shown at the Dubai International Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, New York Film Festival,[19] and others and finally had its theatrical release in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2009.[17]

The short documentary, Wild West Dream, was produced and co-directed by Taylor through Red on Black Productions and was the official selection at the Atlantic Film Festival[20] and the Edmonton International Film Festival[21] in 2009.

In 2011, Taylor created the web series "Raptured",[22] which is distributed by Koldcast.[23] In 2012, she released the food series "Home Baked Stories".

Social media[edit]

Taylor is currently the North American Editorial Director for Econsultancy.[24] She was the former Corporate Community Manager for the BBC,[25] social media and PR manager for Giffgaff[26] and the former editor and filmmaker for PayPal's Let's Talk social media and consumer advocacy website.[27] While in that role, in addition to PayPal related topics, she regularly produced video interviews with experts in mobile, finance, social media and web development.

In 2011, she was listed by Brand Republic[28] as one of the top 200 most influential bloggers.

Taylor organised the cleanup in Clapham Junction after the London Riots in August 2011[29] and led what is now referred to as the Broom Army.[30] She won a Wandsworth Community Champion award[31] for her efforts.


Year Title Notes Credits
2008 The Last Thakur Feature film Writer
2009 Wild West Dream Short Doc Director/ Producer
Stay Safe Short Writer
2011 Raptured – season 1 Web series Writer/ Director/ Producer
"Book of the Dead" Short Writer
2012 Home Baked Stories Web series Director/ Producer

Poetry collections[edit]



  1. ^ Lewis, Adam. "Tips for managing an online community". Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Withey, Elizabeth (25 September 2009). "Hometown advantage". Edmonton Journal. 
  3. ^ "Tilt events 2009". 
  4. ^ Meadows, Agnes. "Loose Muse, ANGEL POETRY AND 'TIME FOR SONG' LAUNCHES". Loose Muse. 
  5. ^ "Camberwell Arts Festival announcement". Penned in the Margins. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stand up for your Writes". Metro. 25 April 2006. 
  7. ^ "Poetry & Words Tent: Glastonbury Festival 2004". Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Remember Saro-Wiwa, an evening of poets and inspiration". Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "2007 Programme for Malika's poetry Kitchen at Spit Lit". 
  10. ^ "Writers on Writing". 
  11. ^ "The Independent Ladies". The Women's Library. Retrieved July 2007.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "Treci Trg Book Catalogue 2011/2012" (PDF). Treci Trg. 
  13. ^ "Recent Directors Work". Young Vic. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Hostage: Bleach: Burn – Etcetera Theatre". IndieLondon. 
  15. ^ "Programme for NewWriting New Worlds Festival". Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Creative Writing (Playwriting and Screenwriting) MA". 
  17. ^ a b Brooke, Michael (July 2009). "The Last Thakur". Sight and Sound. 
  18. ^ "Sadik Ahmed's Last Thakur to feature at this year's Times BFI London Film Festival". 
  19. ^ Mahmud, Jamil. "Western approach, Bangladeshi soul". The Daily Star. 
  20. ^ "Atlantic Film Festival official site". Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Heather Taylor returns to E-Town for EIFF". The Gateway. 
  22. ^ "Raptured Captured: the making of a web series (ft. Heather Taylor, writer-director Raptured TV)". Off the Wall Post. 
  23. ^ "Watch KoldCast for Dozens of Great Web Series". Roku Guide. 9 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "Heather Taylor, Editorial Director at EConsultancy, on Social@Scale". Sprinklr. 
  25. ^ "BBC volunteer leads Clapham clean up". Ariel. 10 August 2011. 
  26. ^ Bridge, Mark. "The positive cult of giffgaff". Fonecast. 
  27. ^ "About the editor". Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  28. ^ "The BR 200 July 2011: The web's most influential bloggers". Brand Republic. 21 July 2011. 
  29. ^ Barford, Vanessa (9 August 2011). "Riot clean-up brings 400 volunteers to Clapham Junction". BBC. 
  30. ^ "Riots heroes celebrated at community awards ceremony". Wandsworth Guardian. 2 December 2011. 
  31. ^ Bryant, Amanda (1 December 2011). "Six of the best are honoured as riot champions". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 

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