After graduating from Oxford University in the UK, Helen Williams embarked on a teaching career, thirty-four years of which were spent in Jamaica, at Rusea’s and Green Island High Schools, Lucea Prep School (as founding principal) and Montego Bay Community College. Now retired, inspired by the fascinating history and rich culture of Jamaica, and students she taught, she writes stories for children.
Her short story ‘Finding My Roots’ was published in Tony Bradman’s Anthology, All in the Family in 2008. Delroy in the Marog Kingdom, a chapter book in the Island Fiction Series, published by Macmillan Caribbean in 2009, under the penname Billy Elm, won the people’s choice award for Best Children’s Chapter Book in the BIAJ’s biennial awards 2011. Errol’s Taxi, a reader in Pearson’s Stepping Stones Series, was published in 2013.
A short story, ‘Flash’, won a silver medal, and an award for Best Junior Short Story in the JCDC’s Creative Writing Contest in 2010; and a chapter book, The Last of the Marogs, won a silver medal and an award for the Best Intermediate Novelist in 2013. Lost in the Cockpit Country won the Jean D’Costa Prize in the Lignum Vitae Award in 2017.