Helen Blackhurst

Born in Nantwich, Cheshire, Helen lives in rural Ireland and works as a drama therapist.  Her first novel, Swimming on Dry Land, was born out of a period of residency in Australia.  Helen’s passion for the Australian landscape has inspired her writing ever since.  Her second novel, A Time of Rainfish, is set in a fictional town in Arnhemland, Northern Territory, where Helen has made several research trips, at one point working on a short project with a group of Aboriginal women.  Her short story That Snowman, was published in ‘The Stinging Fly’ Literary Magazine - issue 9.  As part of The Francis MacManus Short Story Competition, Swimming was broadcast on RTE 1 -Radio Telefis Eireann. Helen has facilitated a range of writer-in-community projects, exploring writing from various perspectives, including sound, image, movement, and voice. Site to Sound (2009) and Forgetmenot (2008), both community arts projects, were supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. 


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