Before becoming an author, Helen used to teach Spanish and French. She has lived and worked in France, Spain, Cuba and Mexico, and now lives in Swansea, Wales, with her husband, the author and illustrator Thomas Docherty, and their two daughters. She has been learning Welsh for the last 5 years.
Helen’s first rhyming story, The Snatchabook (Alison Green Books, illustrated by Thomas Docherty), has been translated into 18 languages. In 2014 it won the Oldham Brilliant Book Award, voted for by school children, as well as being shortlisted for several national awards. It has been staged as a play and even as an opera, by a school in Canada.
Abracazebra (Alison Green Books) was staged as a play in Ireland as part of the Abhainn Ri Festival of Inclusion.
The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight (Alison Green Books) was shortlisted for Oscar’s Book Prize 2017.
Helen’s latest book, You Can Never Run Out of Love (Simon & Schuster, illustrated by Ali Pye), was published in September 2017.