Helen Cross is the author of three novels including My Summer of Love which won a Betty Trask Award and became an award-winning feature film. She is currently adapting her latest novel, Spilt Milk, Black Coffee (Bloomsbury 2010), for the screen. Her stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies and her plays are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her most recent radio play (Blue Eyed Boy, Radio 4 2011) was short-listed for the Innovation Award in the 2012 BBC Radio Drama Awards. Originally from East Yorkshire Helen now lives in Birmingham, where she is writing a fourth novel and working on two new projects for radio. www.helencross.net.
Helen is an experienced teacher of creative writing in schools and universities both in the UK and abroad. In 2004 Helen was awarded an Arts Council International Fellowship to live and work at the Banff Centre in Canada’s Rocky Mountains In January 2007 she traveled to India to be Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mumbai, and has recently returned from working in Hong Kong and Budapest with the British Council. She is a part-time lecturer in creative writing in the Contemporary Art and Graphic Design Department at Leeds Metropolitan University. In February 2009 she was Writer-in-Residence at Shandy Hall in Coxwold, where she devised an experimental writing project for a group of KS3 ‘reluctant reader’ boys. Between 2009 and 2010 she worked for First Story as Writer in Residence at Cheney School in Oxford. She teaches and holds INSET sessions regularly for Everybody Writes, Creative Partnerships and Write On!
Just to say thanks for today . The workshop that I attended was fantastic and the girls got loads out of it.’
Manchester Creative and Media Academy 2011
You really re-lit a fire that had been dwindling for a while, and writing is something I've always enjoyed, so I'm very grateful.
Yr 12 student at St Anne’s Academy, Manchester 2011
‘Helen forged a great relationship with the pupils and they responded with enthusiasm to her ideas. She was very adept at changing her techniques according to the group she was working with. A possible career as a teacher beckons!’
Archbishop Temple School, Preston
‘Thank you so much for the workshop on Thursday - it was excellent. I and all the students/staff that I spoke to enjoyed it immensely. I was very impressed with how much you managed to get into the workshop and got everyone writing and thinking hard without the day being over busy. Pitched perfectly I think.’
Senior Lecturer & PG Training officer
School of Biosciences University of Birmingham 2011
‘I'm just writing to say thank you once again for coming to Kenilworth Library last Wednesday, and what a pleasure it was to have you there. All the audience had such an enjoyable and interesting time, and I have had 100% good feed back from them.’
Senior Librarian Reader Development
Warwickshire Library & Information Service 2011
In order to contact this person you can fill in this form and we will contact them on your behalf.