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Helen, writes poetry and children's stories. She was one of the first 'live' poets at Golden Bay's famous Mussel Inn and has performed her poetry throughout the South Island. Her poetry is published in various magazines and anthologies, including; Takahe, 'Sleepy Hollow Stirs', (Nucleus Publications Nelson,2006), 'Before the Sirocco,' (NZ Poetry Society, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011,'Boulder Writers Two,' and Three, (Nelson), and the Airing Cupboard Women's Poet's fourth anthology,'Splash' (Christchurch 2009). and 'Horizon', Nelson 2013.
She ran the Christchurch live poet's group 'Poetry for Pudding from 2009 to mid 2011. Her poetry has also appeared in Nelson's Poem in the Window. the windows of Nelson Provincial Museum and she is a longtime member of The Tuesday Poem Blog.
Other publications include National Radio Storytime recordings of 'The Best of Ears,'(1994) and 'The Flither Flothers’ Brand New Flying Feather Bed' (2003).
Her first book was 'Grandma's Week Off', (Harper Collins NZ 2003). It began life on 'Ears' , Radio NZ National and was placed on their tape, 'The Best of Ears'.
'Grandma Joins the All Blacks', was published by Harper Collins in 2007 and 'Grandma's Kiwi Christmas' in 2008. 'Grandma's Kiwi Christmas' was the theme for the famous Christmas windows in Smith and Caughey's in Auckland 2013-4. 'Grandma Meets the Queen', (Harper Collins) was published on June 1st 2010. Helen has participated in the NZ Book Council Writers in Schools Programme and in Storyline Book festivals.
The Grandma books are bestsellers and Grandma Joins the All Blacks, is on the Booksellers' Choice Top 20 Bestsellers of the Decade in New Zealand.
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