Helen Rayson-Hill as an infant teacher, and taught in country Victoria, Melbourne and the UK. later she became a drama teacher following a long interest I the theatre.
After a family transfer to Brisbane, she was appointed Queensland manager of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust.. For two years she co-ordinated National Arts Week in Brisbane working closely with the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.
On returning to Melbourne, Helen held a position at the Victorian Arts Centre in the Membership and Fundraising and Development Department. For two years she was an adjudicator for the Victorian Drama League.
Writing has always been an interest of Helen’s and she is a member of the Writers’ Circle at Melbourne’s Lyceum Club. She has written plays for her drama students as well as sketches for amateur theatre. Helen is also an artist specialising in oils. She has held several successful exhibitions at galleries throughout Melbourne.
Helen’s short stories and have been published in anthologies, and she has written a children’s book, Kid Detectives inspired by her grandson who wanted to know how children entertained themselves before electronic devices.
Helen has long been interested in Medieval history, especially the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. After many years of research, inspired originally by the play The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, Helen was motivated to write about Eleanor’s amazing life. Consequently Eleanor, the Firebrand Queen has become the first in a series of historical novels about this medieval feminist.
Helen and publisher David Reiter of Interactive Publications P/l believe Eleanor, the Firebrand Queen and its following volumes will make an excellent TV mini series.