Helen Thurloe

Helen has been inventing stories and poems ever since she could (her mother even kept some of them). As a grown-up, she spent many years as a corporate writer, where she wrote speeches, annual reports, tenders and web-site copy on diverse topics including blueberries, overhead wires for trains, eating disorders, and flexible pipe-joining systems.

More recently she has produced a lot of poems, several of which have won national awards. Subjects for these have included a tickly cough, a neighbour who’s difficult to talk to, and organising a 16th birthday party for your daughter. Helen’s debut novel, Promising Azra, is set in a high school. It’s about forced child marriage in contemporary Australia, but it has a lot of manicures and chemistry in it too, and some delicious food. Helen has taught creative writing in high schools, and mentored senior students in extension English projects.