Podcast 21: Staying true to your own creative voice, with Helen Stephens

“Your brain goes off in nice creative tangents when you’re not thinking too hard.”

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I know I seem to say this every week, but author and illustrator Helen Stephens is truly one of my very best friends. She’s also brilliantly successful, with her books for children winning multiple awards, being adapted for stage, featured on BBC Children’s television and appearing on the shelves of millions of happy children worldwide. 

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Things we talked about

Extra things

  • We didn’t mention it, but Helen’s illustrated a few books for Michael Morpurgo, including this one that is set in Venice, with a little girl she said she sort of kind of based on me. Naturally I have been quoting her on that ever since 😉
  • Helen and her partner Gerry are currently working on illustrated products for a little online shop they’ll be opening soon. Having had a sneaky peak at some of what they’re making, I can safely promise you you’ll definitely want to have a look once it’s live. You can sign up for notifications about it here. 
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  • What a delightful episode, as per usual. Thrilled to discover Helen, hear her story, and be introduced to her beautiful work. I’ve a mind to start a collection of her tales for a dear friend who’s having her first little wonder this fall.