About

Hello there! I'm Helen, I write and illustrate books for children. I live on the windy Northumberland coast with my partner, fellow illustrator Gerry Turley, our daughter, and a scruffy mutt Peggy.

Making beautiful picture books is my passion, I have been doing it for over twenty years. Honing a book into it's perfect shape, making words and pictures sing together is difficult and thrilling in equal measures. It can take aaages, and many failed attempts... but when it all comes together, it is so satisfying.

I like to draw from life, and those drawings often inspire new book ideas. I started a hashtag on Instagram for drawings of our daily walks, it’s called #walktosee. I feature a selection on my Insta Stories each weekend, why not join in?

I have some free resources for illustrators here, and you can sign up for my monthly Illustrators Newsletter below.

One of the nicest aspects of my job is visiting schools and book festivals to read my books, or running picture book workshops. One of the worst parts of my job is how cold I get sitting at my desk, I wear a hat and scarf, and often a dressing gown over eveything, even in summer.


On social media:
My favourite place to show behind the scenes stuff is instagram, I am helenstephenslion over there.