Book Festivals

Cheltenham Festival sent a total rave about you and the event. Even saying how great your family and dog were!
— My publisher talking about Cheltenham Book Festival

Some of the places I have performed include: The Cheltenham Book Festival, The Polka Theatre, Edinburgh Book Festival, Hay-on-Wye, The Foyles Summer of Fun, The Polka Theatre Sunday Story Session, The Northern Children's Book Festival, Beverley Book Festival, Niddfest, The Aye Write Festival in Glasgow, Alnwick Playhouse, Tate Britain, Seven Stories, Hexham Book Festival and many more.

Helen’s workshops have been truly inspirational for children and their parents. The workshops captured the magic of creating a story and characters and then bringing it all alive imaginatively. What was wonderful is that Helen’s calm, clear instruction enabled everyone to actually ‘learn’ how to draw and to take a work away with them they could all be very proud of. Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the workshops booked-up early. I couldn’t recommend Helen more highly. She’s also a joy to meet and work with.
— Lara Goodband, Co-Director Beverley Literature Festival
Helen’s combination of interactive storytelling and engaging craft inspired the children (and their adults) to make some splendid popup lions based on ‘How to Hide a Lion.’ The group really enjoyed guessing what Helen was drawing on the flipchart and her ability to switch between activities meant that short attention spans were well-catered for. Thanks Helen, we all had great fun.
— Jill Chambers, Spellbound Project Manager, Northumberland
Helen’s workshops at The Bowes Museum were fantastic! Not only did she engage the children and their parents with her storytelling, she also sketched her storybook characters in seconds, before the children created their own masterpiece. Brilliant sessions – thank you!
— Amy Bainbridge, Education Co-ordinator, Bowes Museum
It was a great pleasure for us to welcome Helen to Seven Stories, the audience were enthralled with her interactive way of telling the story. The children (and some adults) loved the opportunity to get to draw with her too. We hope to see Helen back at Seven Stories very soon!
— Paul Black, Events Officer, Seven Stories, Newcastle
I’ve just been in to have a look at the window (I painted Iris and the Lion from ‘How to Hide a Lion’ on the theatre window) and it’s just lovely - thank you for taking the time to paint it and for such a lovely event on Saturday. The feedback has been brilliant.
— Claire Newton, Alnwick Playhouse