My Audiobooks: Twisted50 Vol 1 Audiobook
Actor, Producer, Narrator, Voice Actor
Helen is a British actor, audiobook narrator and audiobook producer. She recorded her first VO at the age of fourteen and was instantly hooked! Since then, she has spent much of her life interpreting other people’s words and bringing characters to life – or helping others to do so. A classically trained actor, (GSM&D) she has trodden the boards of many of Britain’s leading Repertory Theatres as well as at The Old Vic, The National Theatre, at The Edinburgh Festival, The Roundhouse Theatre and in the West End, where she was the leading lady, Mollie, in Year 29 of the World’s longest running play ever, ‘The Mousetrap’; which has run, non-stop since 1953!.
In the early 1980s Helen moved into television, initially as a presenter and continuity announcer for Central, the ITV franchise for the Midland region; this led to lots of freelance voice work for corporate and commercial clients and she became one of the most recognised voices on ITV midlands, narrating over fifty broadcast television documentaries. Eventually, she moved behind the cameras and into television production as a staff producer of factual programmes in ITV’s regional programme department. (where she worked with Stephanie Wessell, one of the Twisted 50 Writers).
In 1988 Helen was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship and spent three months in Australia, looking at the role of Social Action Broadcasting, and on her return to the UK, she was instrumental in the founding of The Community Media Association, which provided television and media skills training to Charitable organisations and to the Voluntary and Statutory sectors, to assist them in their interaction with the press, radio and television. Helen has also worked extensively as a voice and television acting tutor working with students at Nottingham’s Trent College, Derby Playhouse Youth Theatre and at Lichfield Youth Theatre.
Helen is a member of the World Voices Organisation and has a WoVO approved home recording studio in her own home, she is a narrator member of APA, the Audio Publishers Association.
Helen has now returned to her roots, making occasional forays into acting, but mainly, her life now revolves around audiobooks and she remotely records for many major audiobook producers and publishers in the UK, the United States and even in Australia. She is an ACX audiobook producer and also produces author commissions.
Helen is thrilled to be working on the Audiobook version of Twisted 50. Finding fifty individual voices for fifty separate short stories written by fifty different authors is certainly a challenge … but one that she is looking forward to enormously … despite the nightmares from all that horror!
Helen Narrated A Story In Twisted50 Volume 1… Here is what she said…
Well, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read one of the Twisted 50 stories myself could I? And Gooseberry Pie had my name on it – because not only do I read stories … I also bake!
I avoid watching horror films … partly because I tend to scream loudly when anything unexpected happens – Carrie is probably the last horror film I saw in the Cinema … I jumped clear of my seat and let out a yell that was even louder than the soundtrack when ‘that moment’ happened at the end.
Reading horror is easier … though I have had quite a few nightmares over the past few weeks.
Now back to the kitchen … I think I’ll do apple pie for tonight (home grown apples of course) not sure I could face gooseberry pie again just yet!
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Twisted50 volume 1 will have an audiobook. How cool is that! You can pre-order your copy now (and please do as we need to sell 50 copies to cover the cost of making it). You can pre order a digital download OR a disk version. Heading it up is experienced Audiobook producer and seasoned voice