Introducing: Helen Stancey


We’re delighted to be publishing book author Helen’s first collection of richly poetic short stories – The Madonna of the Pool. Each story is a reflection of everyday life with its uplifting triumphs and quiet compromises, revealing the subtle intricacies of human adaptation, endurance and optimism. Drawing on a wide array of characters, Helen Stancey shows how small events, insignificant to some, can resonate deeply in the lives of others.

Born and raised in Yorkshire, Helen moved to the capital to study English in the University College London. She was briefly involved in the fringe theatre before teaching psychology in various London colleges. Helen’s earlier work focused on poetry and dramatic pieces for children but she’s best know for her adult novels Words, published in 1983, and Common Ground, released in 1986.