Helen Chamberlain

Helen Chamberlain

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

I’m a PhD student in the English and Creative Writing Department at the University of Plymouth, UK. As part of my PhD, I’m writing a trilogy of interconnected novellas, set in New England and spanning a time period from 1620 through to 2020. My writing has been informed by research into 17th-century colonial literature and Wampanoag history and culture, and reflects on the legacy of colonisation for the Wampanoag people. I gained my undergraduate degree in English from the University of Cambridge and my Masters in Creative Writing from Exeter University.


MA Creative Writing (University of Exeter)

BA (Hons) English (University of Cambridge)

Research interests

Pilgrim Fathers & their voyage on the Mayflower, 1620
New England in the 1620s 
Wampanoag history, culture & society
North-Eastern Native American exchanges in literature, 1620 - present day

Other research

In August-September 2019, I undertook a research trip to New England supported by the Charlton Foundation, which supports Anglo-American student exchanges. During my trip, I met with educators and advisers at Plimoth Plantation Living Museum and the Wampanoag cultural development agency, Smoke Sygnals.