Helena

Helena Sheridan

Born in Biggleswade, my family emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in the 50's., where, I spent many happy years. In 1976, I returned to the UK, and settled in Ayrshire. Where better to further my writing career and meet fellow writers but in the land of Burns?  I have always been interested in all forms of writing, and in particular drama. After completing correspondence courses in short stories, poetry, Freelance Journalism, radio and television through the London School of Journalism, I decided to join Ayr Writers’ Club in 1988, and shortly thereafter, had my first short story published in Best magazine. There is nothing quite as exciting as seeing that first publication in print, and I am not ashamed to say I even photographed the cheque!

I became President of Ayr Writers’ Club in 2004/5 and took the role of the Club's drama workshop leader until 2017. Over the years, I have become a member of the Society of Authors, and have had fiction and poetry published in the UK., Ireland and abroad. Several of my children’s stories featured on My Weekly children’s page, and I have written radio scripts for BBC Educational Radio Ulster’s programme One Potato Two Potato.

Through the Club I became involved in writing community scripts for Borderline Theatre, Ayr. I am delighted and surprised to have won in the Scottish Association of Writers Drama Awards five times and been runner-up twice. My one act plays have been performed in various Scottish Theatres in connection with the Scottish Community Drama Association. Copies of two of my one act plays, Breaking News and A Charitable Act are available through Spotlight Publications in their one act plays section.