About

Helen Richardson is a writer and editor living in the Blue Mountains, NSW. She has an honours research masters in Australian Literature from the University in Sydney and a Certificate in Editing and Publishing from the University of Technology, Sydney. Helen runs a manuscript appraisal and editing agency, Mountain Manuscripts, and has worked as a freelance editor for many years.

Her story “King of the Air” appeared in Sleepers Almanac no. 6 – “a claustrophobic tale about a birdwatcher with ambiguously malevolent intentions” – Emmett Stinson Known Unknowns. “Extremely spooky,” Owen Richardson The Age. “King of the Air” was read out as part of the Summer Reading Relay, an event organised by Victoria University and the State Library of Victoria.

Her short story “Navigating” was short listed for the Carmel Bird 2013 Short Story Competition and is published in the anthology The Great Unknown (ed. Angela Meyer) by Spineless Wonders – “a woman is led off track to a spooky but touching dead end” – Angela Meyer, “Not all the stories here are macabre. ‘Navigating’ by Helen Richardson is a light-hearted piece about a satnav that takes a mother of two teenagers to a grave site … The dynamic between long-suffering mother and spiky teenagers creates an amusing tone.” – Rachel Robertson ABR. “If there is a central theme to The Great Unknown, it is women doing a disappearing act. Whether lost, stolen, ignored or just sleeping for days, the ladies vanish … Helen Richardson’s Lucy lets her sat-nav guide her to confront her own gravestone.” Kirsten Krauth, The Weekend Australian.

Her story “Skink’s Lot” was short listed for The World To Come speculative fiction anthology and “Something from the Old School” was performed as part of Little Fictions, a live event run by Spineless Wonders.

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