More recently she has produced a lot of poems, several of which have won national awards. Subjects for these have included a tickly cough, a neighbour who’s difficult to talk to, and organising a 16th birthday party for your daughter. Helen’s debut novel, Promising Azra, is set in a high school. It’s about forced child marriage in contemporary Australia, but it has a lot of manicures and chemistry in it too, and some delicious food. Helen has taught creative writing in high schools, and mentored senior students in extension English projects.