Helen is a widely published children’s and young adult author, spoken word poet and award-winning playwright. She has written an impressive collection of work for everyone from preschoolers to adult readers. Spanning a variety of subjects, Helen’s writing doesn’t shy away from the gritty parts of life. Diving into the depths of disability, the gravitas of grief or the thrill of the mysterious, Helen’s stories are sublimely suspenseful whether on the page or stage. Connecting the real world with flights of fantasy, Helen creates fast-paced fiction to delight and draw in young readers across Aotearoa.
Helen has worked in many jobs, doing everything from theatre stage management to phone counselling. She discovered her passion for writing for young people while working as a youth support worker, and now helps children find their own passion for storytelling through her work as a creative writing tutor. She lives in Wellington with her disability assistance dog, Bindi – a five-year-old, playful Labrador who loves soft toys, cuddles, and can fit three tennis balls in her mouth at once.
Overall, Helen just loves telling stories and is always excited when people want to read or hear them. Helen is working on a Young Adult novel during her residency.