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Welcome to www.helenmenzies.com.au

Welcome to my website. You’ll find information about books of mine that you can access, and books I’ve edited of stories written by people who’ve come to my Life Writing classes – and notice of some up-coming works.

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, in a village which is just what a village should be: filled with people who like each other, and more dogs than people, and chooks, and vegetable gardens, and water views front and back with a national park separating the inland waterway from the ocean.

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. The sequel, Ducks Crossing and Thunderbolt Island appeared in 2012, and the final book in the series – Ducks Crossing and the Hungry Dingo – completed the trilogy in 2014.

For a few years after that, my focus was on curating, editing and publishing collections of stories written by participants at my twice-yearly intensive 8-day Life Writing courses. Both books – While the Music Lasts, followed by And the Beat Goes On ran to reprints and remain good sellers today

In 2019 I took a sabbatical from running Life Writing courses to concentrate on my own writing.  Out of that have come two books, currently on course to be published:  The Roughest Day, and The Body in the Bridge. More on those as they become available, Stay tuned!

And here’s the news! They’re both available now, from 16 February 2021, as ebooks, through Amazon, Booktopia and Angus and Robertson.

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