Photo of Helen BateWhat I do

Writing and illustration for children’s publishing



Born in 1955, brought up in Coventry and now living in Shropshire (England), I originally qualified and worked as an Architect before retraining as an illustrator.

2005 I was joint winner of the Macmillan Student Prize for Children’s Illustration (2005) with an unpublished work ‘Alice and the Lost Dog’.

2005 - 2016 I founded, and was Managing Director of Pictures to Share Community Interest Company, a social enterprise developing and publishing illustrated books for people with dementia www.picturestoshare.co.uk

2006 - 2011 I illustrated six children’s books for Frances Lincoln Ltd.

2011 Obtained an MA in Illustration for Children's Publishing from Glyndwr University.

2012 Taught a week’s summer residential course in Illustrating Children’s Books at Reaseheath college, Nantwich, Cheshire.

2013 Illustrated ‘Star Gazing’ a poetry book for Harper Collins Publishers.

2014 Started writing story and developing illustrations for 'Peter in Peril’ a new Graphic novel for children.

2015 Ran a day illustration workshop for primary school children based on an Alphabet of Citizenship.

2015 Started writing story and developing illustrations for ‘The Creature’ a children’s picture book.

2016 September 2016 'Peter in Peril’ published by Otter-Barry books.

2016 December 2016 I retired from Pictures to Share C.I.C.

2017 'The Creature' children’s picture book due to be published by Otter-Barry Books Autumn 2017.