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Helen is an author and an actor. Using both her performance and writing skills, Helen brings dual knowledge and understanding to the art of expression.
In the bustling city of Beirut, Lebanon, in a tiny apartment my parents shared with my grandparents. I was three years old when we moved to Australia.
I was a hairdresser for many years and met lots of interesting people in the different salons I worked. However after realising the arts was the place for me, I became a professional actress, working in film, television and theatre, as well as a drama teacher, teaching students from kindergarten to Year 12 and now also a writer, writing children’s books.
I seem to have a soft spot for cultural diversity and Australian identity.
Having my book published was incredible, as was winning the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Frustrated (now Aspiring) Writer’s Mentorship Competition and receiving the inaugural Charlotte Waring Barton award. However my best highlight was hearing how a group of male teenagers, who’d never been interested in reading, read my YA novel Bro.
Bro is my first novel but my articles have been published in CBCA iRead and The Norwest Bulletin.
Multicultural representation in both literature and film. We are an exciting society of cultural diversity and I’d love to see that mirrored more in the arts. All people need to feel they have a place in this world, especially children.
Maybe you’ve seen me as a witness in a court room drama, or the unfortunate victim of a murderer. Is it possible you’ve seen me dressed in costume and speaking a different language? If you’re a fan of film and television then chances are you have, in one of the many roles I’ve played.
I’m a big fan of Christmas.
It was an absolutely superb day: Helen was well-prepared, engaging and nailed the brief. It was a pleasure to have her and I hope we have the same opportunity next year!