Helen Vivienne Fletcher has been writing for children and young adults for the past ten years. She has won and been shortlisted for several writing competitions, including making the shortlist for the 2008 Joy Cowley Award and in 2015 she was named Outstanding New Playwright at the Wellington Theatre Awards for her play How to Catch a Grim Reaper. Her e-picture books have been sold worldwide, and translated into French, German and Spanish.
Helen regularly volunteers for the Storylines Charitable Trust Wellington Family Day. She has, in the past, volunteered for both New Zealand Book Month and the Wellington Children’s Book Association Spinning Gold Conference committee. In previous years, she has worked as a youth support worker for Evolve Wellington Youth Centre.
Helen holds qualifications in performing arts, creative writing, and adult education and training. She also teaches classes for adults wanting to write for children, at The Wellington High School Community Education Centre.
Helen is the author of three picture books for children, two young adult novels – Broken Silence and Underwater, and a short story collection for adults, Symbolic Death. You can find more about Helen’s books on her personal website.