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Helen Ellis

Helen EllisDuring her life Helen has had a go at writing anything and everything - from newsletters, magazine articles, exhibition critiques, editorial content for charity magazines, travel pieces on the antique markets of London, to a full-stage adaptation of the story of Gilbert and Sullivan for the G&S Society of South Australia. Having been an actor/singer, theatre director, art gallery proprietor, wife and mother, antique dealer, gift retailer, and now a full-time writer Helen draws on her life experiences in all her writings.

Often wondering if, in a past life, she lived on a Greek island, Helen has travelled for the past fifteen years throughout Greece. She has spent much of this time in villages studying customs and enjoying the day-to-day life of the people. She has spent holidays in an original cave house on Santorini (where her book, the romantic drama Awakenings, is set) and in domatia (rooms) of all kinds throughout the Greek islands and the Peloponnese. She says she’s been looking for her special place, but in the meantime has gathered experiences, images, indulgences, and friends.

Her piece, Paros, published in Lonely Planet’s collection of travel stories, Rite of Passage - Tales of Backpacking 'Round Europe, P.168, (Lonely Planet Publications, 2003), and the acceptance of one of her photos of Israel for their Asian book, inspired her to expand her Greek diaries into GREECE - Gleeful Glimpses, and to set up this website. She is at present working on her light-hearted The ABC of Travel Tips for Greece.

A member of the Queensland Writer’s Centre and the Romance Writers of Australia, Helen has had short stories published in Cautionary Tale Best of... and Filler (2004) and Little Gems, Amethyst, RWA (2007) and has appeared online in Blueprint Review in words and pictures. She also has a small piece about her home city, the Gold Coast of Australia, in Mo(nu)ment, Blue Print Press, (2006). Her adventure novel for children, Max and the Gang of Five, Zeus Publications (2005) is now available (contact her). There will be more too - Helen has three other novels in preparation and a portfolio of photographs from around the world.

Helen wishes to thank Melanie Osborne for her fine work in designing and setting up this site, and to Timothy Ellis for his support and expertise.

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