Helen Stancey was born and brought up in Yorkshire. After attending University College London with a degree in English, she decided to remain in the capital, where she is still currently living. She was briefly involved in the fringe theatre, before qualifying in psychology and teaching in various colleges. Helen Stancey is married with three children.
During the earlier years of her writing career she produced mostly poetry as well as some short dramatic pieces for children. Later she published two novels, Words in 1983 and Common Ground in 1986, a collection of short stories, The Madonna of the Pool, which was published in July 2017. You can read a free short story from this collection, Shall We Dance, here. Her latest novel, Relative Secrets, was published in March 2021.
Her writing has been greeted with extraordinary reviews:
‘In the poised assurance of its writing…one has a sense of a writer gifted with an instinctive sense of how to tell a story’ The Spectator
‘Writing so accomplished…’ The Tablet
‘Palpable excellence’ The Literary Review
If you’re interested in learning more about Helen and The Madonna of the Pool read our interview with this talented author here.
Anna thought: there was a time when people would stop what they were doing, even if they were only walking, and watch, serious and upright, as a cortège went by. Perhaps in other places they still did it. A respect for the dead. Here a funeral car was just part of the traffic, just one …