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Helen Dunmore - Author

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‘I was born in December 1952, in Yorkshire, the second of four children. My father was the eldest of twelve, and this extended family has no doubt had a strong influence on my life, as have my own children. In a large family you hear a great many stories. You also come to understand very early that stories hold quite different meanings for different listeners, and can be recast  from many viewpoints. Poetry was very important to me from childhood. I began by listening to and learning by heart all kinds of rhymes and hymns and ballads, and then went on to make up my own poems, using the forms I’d heard. Writing these down came a little later. During the 1980s and early 1990s I taught poetry and creative writing,  and in the late 1980s I began to publish short stories, and these were the beginning of a breakthrough into fiction. What I had learned of prose technique through the short story gave me the impetus to start writing novels. My first novel for children was published in 1992, and my first novel for adults was published in 1993.’

 


BIOGRAPHY
Born in Yorkshire, Helen Dunmore studied English at York University and taught in Finland for two years before publishing her first poetry. She has worked as a writer, reader, performer and teacher of Poetry and Creative Writing, tutoring many residential writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and taking part in the Poetry Society's Writer in Schools scheme. She has also taught at a number of universities. She reviews fiction and poetry, contributes to arts programmes on BBC radio and has been a judge for many literary awards, including the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Book of the Year award.  Her first poetry collection was published in 1983 and she has since been shortlisted for the prestigious TS Eliot Poetry prize.  Her first novel for adults, Zennor in Darkness was published in 1993  and she won the inaugural orange Prize for Fiction in 1996.  She has written many books for children, the first of which came in 1992. The first book in the Ingo series of novels for children was published in 2005. The second, The Tide Knot (2006), won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Silver Medal. The third in the Ingo series, The Deep, was published in 2007, and the fourth and final book, The Crossing of Ingo, came out in paperback in 2009.  Helen Dunmore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Glamorgan and the University of Exeter. She was on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors 2002-2005 and was Chair of the Society of Authors 2005-2006.  She is married and has a step-son, a son and a daughter.

Featured books by Helen Dunmore

Other books by Helen Dunmore

Ingo

Ingo

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2019

Stunning reissue, in beautiful new cover-look, of this magical and award-winning novel - the first of the spellbinding Ingo Chronicles... Once there was a man who fell in love with a mermaid. He swam down into the sea to be with her, and was never seen again... Sapphire's father told her that story when she was little. When he is lost at sea she can't help but think of that old myth: she's convinced he's still alive. Then, the following summer, Sapphy meets Faro, an enigmatic and intriguing Mer boy. Diving down into Ingo, she discovers a world she never knew existed, where she must let go of all her Air thoughts and embrace the sea... But not only is Sapphy intoxicated by the Mer world, she longs to see her father once more. And she's sure she can hear him singing across the water: I wish I was away in Ingo Far across the briny sea...

The Lonely Sea Dragon

The Lonely Sea Dragon

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2019

The Little Sea Dragon's Wild Adventure

The Little Sea Dragon's Wild Adventure

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2017

The Crossing of Ingo

The Crossing of Ingo

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Stunning reissue in a beautiful new cover-look of this fourth novel in the critically acclaimed Ingo Chronicles. Sapphire, Conor and their Mer friends Faro and Elvira are ready to make the Crossing of Ingo - a long and dangerous journey that only the strongest young Mer are called upon to make. No human being has ever attempted this thrilling voyage to the bottom of the world. Ervys, his followers and new recruits, the sharks, are determined that Sapphire and Conor must be stopped - dead or alive...

Stormswept

Stormswept

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

An atmospheric and beautifully written adventure, from the award-winning author of the Ingo series. Morveren lives with her parents and twin sister Jenna on an island off the coast of Cornwall. As Morveren and Jenna's relationship shifts and changes, like driftwood on the tide, Morveren finds a beautiful teenage boy in a rock pool after a storm. Going to his rescue, she is shocked to see that he is not human but a Mer boy. With Jenna refusing to face the truth, Morveren finds herself alone at the worst possible time. Because when the worlds of Air and Mer meet, the consequences can be terrible...

The Deep

The Deep

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Stunning reissue in a beautiful new cover-look of this third novel in the critically acclaimed Ingo Chronicles. A devastating flood has torn through the worlds of Air and Ingo, and now, deep in the ocean, a monster is stirring. Mer legend says that only those with dual blood - half Mer, half human - can overcome the Kraken. Sapphy must return to the Deep, with the help of her friend the whale, and face this terrifying creature - and her brother Conor and Mer friend Faro will not let her go alone...

The Tide Knot

The Tide Knot

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Stunning reissue in a beautiful new cover-look of this second novel in the critically acclaimed Ingo Chronicles. I can't go back in the house. I'm restless, prickling all over. The wind hits me like slaps from huge invisible hands. But it's not the wind that worries me. It's something else, beyond the storm... Sapphire and Conor can't forget their adventures in Ingo, the mysterious world beneath the sea. They long to see their Mer friends Faro and Elvira, and swim with the dolphins once more. But a crisis is brewing far below the ocean's surface, where the wisest of the Mer guards the Tide Knot. And soon both Sapphire and Conor will be drawn into Ingo's troubled waters...

The Ferry Birds

The Ferry Birds

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2012

The Crossing of Ingo

The Crossing of Ingo

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2009

The breathtaking conclusion to the critically-acclaimed Ingo series, by prize-winning novelist Helen Dunmore. Sapphire, Conor and their Mer friends Faro and Elvira are ready to make the Crossing of Ingo - a long and dangerous journey that only the strongest young Mer are called upon to make. No human being has ever attempted this thrilling voyage to the bottom of the world. Ervys, his followers and new recruits, the sharks, are determined that Sapphire and Conor must be stopped - dead or alive...

The Crossing of Ingo

The Crossing of Ingo

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2008

The breathtaking conclusion to Helen Dunmore's critically-acclaimed Ingo series. Sapphire, Conor and their Mer friends Faro and Elvira are ready to make the Crossing of Ingo - a long and dangerous journey that only the strongest young Mer are called upon to make. No human being has ever attempted this thrilling voyage to the bottom of the world. Ervys, his followers and new recruits, the sharks, are determined that Sapphire and Conor must be stopped - dead or alive...

The Deep

The Deep

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

The third spellbinding story about Sapphy and Conor's adventures in the powerful and dangerous underwater world of Ingo. A devastating flood has torn through the worlds of Air and Ingo, and now, deep in the ocean, a monster is stirring. Mer legend says that only those with dual blood - half Mer, half human - can overcome the Kraken. Sapphy must return to the Deep, with the help of her friend the whale, and face this terrifying creature - and her brother Conor and Mer friend Faro will not let her go alone...

The Deep

The Deep

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2007

The third spellbinding story about Sapphy and Conor's adventures in the powerful and dangerous underwater world of Ingo. A devastating flood has torn through the worlds of Air and Ingo, and now, deep in the ocean, a monster is stirring. Mer legend says that only those with dual blood - half Mer, half human - can overcome the Kraken. Sapphy must return to the Deep, with the help of her friend the whale, and face this terrifying creature - and her brother Conor and Mer friend Faro will not let her go without them...

The Tide Knot

The Tide Knot

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2007

The dramatic and spellbinding sequel to Helen Dunmore's critically acclaimed `Ingo'. I can't go back in the house. I'm restless, prickling all over. The wind hits me like slaps from huge invisible hands. But it's not the wind that worries me. It's something else, beyond the storm... Sapphire and Conor can't forget their adventures in Ingo, the mysterious world beneath the sea. They long to see their Mer friends Faro and Elvira, and swim with the dolphins once more. But a crisis is brewing far below the ocean's surface, where the wisest of the Mer guards the Tide Knot. And soon both Sapphire and Conor will be drawn into Ingo's troubled waters...

The Tide Knot

The Tide Knot

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2006

The world of Ingo is once again brought to life in Helen Dunmore's newest spellbinding sequel The Tide Knot. There's a current racing ahead, the colour of the darkest blue velvet. We plunge forward. The current is so strong that it crushes me. I'm jolting, juddering, struggling in its grip, but I can't break away. It's got me, like a cat with a bird in its claws. Sapphy, Conor and their mum have moved away from the cottage by the cove - away from the memories of their father, who disappeared two years ago - to the nearby town of St Pirans. Ever since, Sapphy has felt withdrawn and restless; she can't adjust to her new home and new life, and can't suppress the memories of her father and his mysterious disappearance. Unhappy in the world of Air, Sapphy finds herself increasingly drawn to the underwater world of Ingo and to her Mer friend, Faro. There she makes new friends: Faro's powerful, wise teacher, Saldowr, the dolphins, a whale and even sharks. But Ingo is becoming a more dangerous place. Although Conor senses this and pleads with Sapphy to stay away from Ingo, he cannot get through to her. And as Ingo grows in power both Sapphy and Conor are called to its depths to take on the might of Ingo's tides...

Ingo

Ingo

Author: Helen Dunmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2006

A spellbinding magical adventure. Master storyteller Helen Dunmore writes the story of Sapphire and her brother Conor, and their discovery of INGO, a powerful and exciting world under the sea. You'll find the mermaid of Zennor inside Zennor church. She fell in love with a human, but she was a Mer creature and so she couldn't come to live with him up in the dry air. She swam up the stream to hear him sing, then one day he swam down it and was never seen again. He became one of the Mer people... Sapphire's father told her that story when she was little. When he is lost at sea she can't help but think of that old myth; she's convinced he's still alive. The following summer her brother Conor keeps disappearing for hours on end. She goes to the cove to find him, but instead meets Faro, an enigmatic and intriguing Merman. He takes her to Ingo and introduces her to a world she never knew existed. She must let go of all her Air thoughts and embrace the sea and all things Mer. After her first visit she is entranced - merely the sound of running water makes her yearn to be in Ingo once more. Ingo blood runs strongly in Sapphy and Conor fears she will leave the Air world for good. He pleads with her to ignore her craving for the sea and stay safely in their cottage up on the cliff. But not only is Sapphy intoxicated by the Mer world, she longs to see her father once more. And she's sure she can hear him singing across the water... I wish I was away in Ingo Far across the briny sea...

Literacy World Comets St 4 Stories Nemises

Literacy World Comets St 4 Stories Nemises

Author: Helen Dunmore, Philippa Pearce, Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2002

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