Helen Soraghan Dwyer is a Dublin based writer.
She is Chairperson of the Irish Writers’ Union. Helen was recently appointed a director on the board of Dublin South FM Community Radio Station. She produces and presents a weekly radio arts programme, Rhyme &
Reason, for Dublin South FM.
Her poetry and prose have been published in Ireland,
England, Romania, India and Norway and have won awards in several countries. Her poetry was broadcast on Romanian radio and filmed for Norwegian television. In India her work was translated into Hindi and Kannada.
Currently, she is completing a novel, a coming-of-age story set in Dublin and Italy and has just launched a collection of poems in English and Irish called ‘Still – Faire’.
Because I am a Girl I believe… in helping younger girls and older women along the way.
Because I am a Girl I hope… that we will all become more aware of the suffering of our sisters around the world and find ways to help them.
Because I am a Girl I wonder… what our lives would be like if all our leaders, politicians and bankers were women.
Because I am a Girl I dream… of a world where men cherish and protect all women not only their own mothers, wives, sisters and daughters.
Because I am a Girl I remember… starving women in Ethiopia trying to feed their babies with empty breasts.
Because I am a Girl I like… to help, to nurture, to comfort, to listen.
Because I am a Girl I dislike… that our finest qualities are often disregarded in a materialistic world.
Because I am a Girl I feel… a sense of hope, joy, love which I want every girl to share.
Because I am a Girl I… know that we are stronger than we look.
– Helen Soraghan Dwyer