About Helen

BeFunky_9ae651cc1f6ff2858e39d6688be35eeeWelcome to my website!

I am a freelance journalist and writer published in the UK and Canada. I am also a student mental health nurse and author of the non-fiction book Escape Domestic Violence, which is published by Hodder & Stoughton in association with British TV show This Morning.

I have been very lucky to work and write for glossy magazines and newspapers. My writing has featured in Grazia, Prima, Red, Cosmopolitan, Top Sante, Essentials, Woman, Junior, Mother & Baby, Best, Fabulous, The Daily Express and various other publications.

Before embarking on my nursing studies, I studied Creative Writing, Art and Media at Bath Spa University, Journalism at The London School of Journalism and Plymouth University, and Art and Design at Plymouth College of Further Education, where I developed my portrait painting skills and experimented with different mediums; from oil paints to life drawing.

I love working with children, encouraging their creativity. I hold a diploma in child psychology and have hosted children’s art and craft workshops to raise funds for a hospital children’s ward.

Whilst studying Journalism and Creative Writing, I interned on the art desk at Cosmopolitan magazine, the features desk at She and Woman’s Journal magazines and the research desk at BBC News and Current Affairs in London. I was also employed as an editorial assistant at The Western Morning News and Bath Chronicle.

As a child, I won several art and creative writing competitions, including a national bedtime story writing contest for HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, titled The Cat That Went To School. I also won an art contest in Girl magazine to design a sweet for Charlie’s Chocolate Factory. My winning design was a chocolate teapot with toffee tea and a mint spoon.

Books and magazines make me happy; collecting them, reading them, rearranging them on my shelves and adding to my Kindle collection. I was a member of my library’s Good Reader’s Circle as a child and grew up with a passion for books.

www.helenmariegrant.com

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