Welcome to www.helenmenzies.com.au

Good day to you, and welcome to my website. You’ll find information about books of mine that you can access, and the sorts of work I do as a contract writer.

But first some history:  like many kids of my generation – kids from families where no one had ever gone beyond high school – it was a teaching scholarship that allowed me to go to university. So, first career: teaching, at all levels from primary through to secondary to tertiary. Locations: Essendon Boys Tech in Melbourne, Ceduna Area School on the edge of the Nullabor, Johnson High School near Glasgow, Reading Advisory Centre in Adelaide, La Trobe University in Melbourne. Three Degrees, plus a Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language. And a qualification as a Private Investigator. Next careers: union official, sports journalist on radio and in print (Rupert Murdoch’s first woman sports journalist!), Deputy Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in South Australia, Media Manager in the NSW public service.

Now I live on the idyllic Central Coast of NSW, where I write books, do contract writing, and teach creative writing.

Fiction writing: a career which began with winning The Sun short story competition in Melbourne – published in Festival and Other Stories. Then came a school textbook, Let’s Talk of Many Things. Then Favourite Runs, set in the Adelaide Parklands. Then The Survivors’ Affair (check out the reviews in the Books page), and in 2011, an adventure and mystery novel for young people, Ducks Crossing and the Secret Shadow (reviews also on the Books page). The sequel to Ducks Crossing appeared in 2012, and now the final book in the series – Ducks Crossing and the Hungry Dingo – is to be launched on 6 July 2104. And there will be a VERY special guest at the launch!– Catch up with with all the details on the Latest News page.

Contract writing: Got a writing task that needs doing? I’ll do it! Newspaper and journal articles, policy documents, reports to and for governments, procedures manuals, catalogues, translations of technical works into plain English, funding applications, discussion papers, summaries of consultations, editing, proofing, and so on and so on. A list of some of the organisations I’ve worked with over the last few years is on the Contract Writing Page.

Feel free to contact me if there’s any further information you’d like – or just to say hullo!

The picture below was taken just before the formal Adelaide launch of The Survivors’ Affair.