Helena Hinn lives in Newcastle on Tyne, writes and attends literature and film courses, and reads. She works part time as an assistant manager for a charity shop.
Helena began writing in 1984. She writes poetry and short fiction. She has been published in Virago, Women’s Press, Faber & Faber and OUP anthologies.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Byron, Keats and Mary Shelly are such mythical figures to me, for their writing and their single-minded approach to it. I journeyed to their birthplaces, houses and graves to try to be close to them.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (from a book, movie, song, speech…)
A: ‘I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature’, Edward Munch
Q: Who is your person of inspiration?
A: Barbara Hepworth, Sonia Delaunay, Women writers who devoted their long lives to their art.
SUMMER 1939 ‘Are we there yet?’ I asked Ben, creasing a sweet wrapper into a triangle shape. I never can stop working. ‘You asked me that five minutes ago, and no, nowhere near.’ Ben is staring at the thin sliver of road ahead, only illuminated by our headlights. ‘How long then?’ ‘Barbara, I’ve told you, …