With 14 years’ experience as a writer, editor, journalist, publisher, project manager, event producer, lecturer and general creative head, Helen brings a wealth of creativity and know-how to the projects she works on.
She has set up award-winning magazines from scratch, edited festival websites for iTunes and Port Eliot, and led content teams on complex interactive projects. As founding partner, she leads on creative content – channelling her expertise into everything from multiplatform campaigns to digital magazines for the world’s biggest brand. Helen thrives on working with a dynamic creative team – from writers to branding experts, photographers, filmmakers, illustrators and digital whiz kids to find exciting solutions that can really make a difference.
After working as a freelance journalist and editor in London, she created, edited and published 16 issues of Stranger magazine, which gained an impressive national and international following. Her thirst for a good story has also taken her on editorial commissions from snowboarding the mountains of China to reporting on a music festival in the Sahara desert – via Croatia, Canada and Colombia to name but a few – writing for titles including Time Out, The Observer and The Independent. She’s also a response team member for ShelterBox (delivering emergency shelter to people affected by disasters worldwide – see her film about the Colombian floods), but still loves nothing more than curling up with a good book.
I’ve had an idea. Haven’t we all? But I think there’s something in it… A new experimental publishing project, which I’ll be telling you more about very soon. But the ever-burning question: how to pay for it? Easy! Thanks to the stratospheric growth of crowdfunding, we live in an age where it really does feel […]Read More 〉
“A book of maps designed to get you lost.” A beautiful box, wrapped up in finely graphic paper. Anticipation as my finger hooks open the stickers. Inside, 16 intriguing looking, brightly coloured pamphlets. As I unpack them I can feel the promise of different contents, weights, folds, thicknesses. A delectable sniff of fresh print as […]Read More 〉
THIS? OR THIS? Aesthetically, it’s hardly a difficult choice is it? But logically it makes a lot more sense than you might think too. Yesterday I immersed myself in the fair transport movement, joining hundreds welcoming the Tres Hombres (the world’s only engineless sail cargo ship) and New Dawn Traders into Falmouth after a nine-month […]Read More 〉
I’ve recently been helping proofread The Challenger’s Almanac, a bold and beautiful new book that brings together some of the most inspiring, creative and daring voices from across the business world to show how, if you swim against the tide and think the unthinkable, business really can be a force for good. Needless to say, […]Read More 〉
Our new mini-magazine, Bait, has been lovingly crafted to Feed your creativity. Take a twisting turning journey of discovery and see what it sparks. Devour creative crumbs leading to Einstein’s storm-thwarted boat. Follow the thread back out to meet a nun who changed the course of modern art. Lose yourself in the adventure… and emerge […]Read More 〉
I recently heard a poet talking about how surprised he was when he saw the illustrations come back for his first book, because the illustrator had seen something completely different in his work from what he saw when he was writing it. It made me think and prompted the idea for this project… It’s all […]Read More 〉
Banner ads are dead. SEO is dead (or fighting for its life). It’s all about quality, meaningful content now. That was the message coming from a couple of big cross media industry events late 2013. There may have been mutterings in insider, specialist circles for a while, but now the secret is out. Big time. […]Read More 〉
Temple Studios, Hollywood, sometime in the 1950s. We’re in a dimly lit make-up room. A stern woman pushes an actress onto a stool. She holds a light up to the actress’s face, which we see is bruised; her dress and bra soaked in blood. The actress winces as the woman applies her make-up; a darker […]Read More 〉
“I don’t like ads that say ‘If you drink our rum you’re going to be sexy’… I hate that artifice between the brand and the reality. It has to be real, honest.” Dan Germain, head of creative at Innocent, is telling a captivated audience at the annual Vision conference in Bristol about the power of […]Read More 〉
Audiotor is an innovative immersive listening experience that will be bringing Bodmin Moor to life like never before – and you could be part of it. An innovative project which has been awarded funding from Arts Council England, it’s the work of creative producer Michael White in collaboration with Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, Hall […]Read More 〉
There’s something about pedalling. For me, it doesn’t just turn the wheels on my bike; it gets those cranial cogs turning too. I can sit at my desk, or stare at a notepad, for hours, trying to muster all my creative forces to generate a new idea… But if I get on my bike and […]Read More 〉
The fanning of fingers. The angle of an arched back. The curve of the neck. The position of the toes. The swing of the legs… then straightened and held, against all natural laws. Grace and fluidity disguising sheer strength and tension – muscles silently screaming against gravity. Last night I went to see No Fit […]Read More 〉
My grandpa, George, used to read the dictionary every day – until just a few days before he died. He said we’re never too old to learn new words, and that most of us just churn through the same old words we always have. There are tens of thousands of words in the English language, […]Read More 〉
We’re just back from Port Eliot Festival 2012 and boy, what an incredible weekend. Too much to tell and too little time, so in the meantime here are a few initial photographs and a couple of short films to give you a quick flavour of what went down. This week and next we’ll be busy […]Read More 〉
Giving Shelter in Colombia from Stranger Collective on Vimeo. In June 2010 I completed my training as a Shelterbox Response Team (SRT) member, ready to help deliver emergency shelter to people affected by natural and manmade disasters worldwide. My first deployment was to northern Colombia over Christmas that year (just after we’d finished our first […]Read More 〉