Helena Pielichaty (pronounced Pierre-li-hatty) is a quarter Polish, quarter Russian and half Yorkshire. Her first book, Vicious Circle, published in 1998, was one of the Book Trust’s Top 100 books of that year. Since then she has written over thirty books for children, many of which have been translated into several languages.
Helena's titles include the 'Clubbing Together' series (OUP), 'Saturday Girl', Never Ever' and 'Accidental Friends' (YA - Kindle) and the fabulous 'Girls FC' 12 book series for 8 to 11 year-olds (Walker Books) which kicked off with 'Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?' and concluded this year with 'Here We Go!'. Staying with the football theme, her most recent book is 'Here Come the Girls' (Harper Collins Education) a non-fiction book for 11-14 yr olds, which tells the fascinating, entertaining and inspiring story of women's and girls' football.
Helena is passionate about encouraging children to read for pleasure and has built up a good reputation for providing high energy, inspirational school visits. In addition she has appeared at many of the UK's leading book festivals including Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Oxford and Bath.
Currently Chair of the Children's Writers and Illustrators Group and a participating author in the National Literacy Trust's Premier League Reading Stars Challenge, Helena's commitment to promoting writing and reading is full on and she is currently Patron of Reading at Ysgol Esgob Morgan Junior School in North Wales.
In between she follows Huddersfield Town FC, tweets too much and is a big fan of the Great British Bake Off. She lives in Nottinghamshire and has two grown up children.
'I can safely say you have been one of my most entertaining authors ever and more to the point one of the most inspiring.' - Aneesa Akhtar, School Librarian, Hounslow Manor
'Easily the best 'live' author that I've ever seen.' - Julie Ashworth, Grantham Museum & Library Service
'I wish there'd been books like this around when I was growing up.' - Sue Smith, Doncaster Rovers Belles and ex- England footballer
'Pielichaty is no slouch when it comes to good writing.' - The Guardian