Helen Donohoe

Helen Donohoe


Helen Donohoe is a Londoner of Irish-Scottish parentage who studied politics and government at Manchester University and the LSE. She recently completed the MA in Creative Writing (Novels) at City University, London, winning the PFD Novel Writing Prize with Birdy Flynn. She was mentored by Sarah Waters.

She has twenty years experience of representing the powerless and invisible as a campaigner, lobbyist, volunteer and writer. In her last role as Director of Public Policy at Action for Children she led the successful campaign to establish emotional child neglect in criminal law. She is a highly experienced public speaker and media spokesperson with frequent appearances on BBC News, SKY News, ITN and BBC Radio including Women’s Hour. Her written work has ranged from peer-reviewed papers through to blogs for The Huffington Post and New Statesman.  She is also the author of the young person’s book World Issues Today: Terrorism.

She is an Arsenal season ticket holder and has previously played football for West Ham United. She lives in north London.

Birdy Flynn is published by Oneworld Publications.


Helen Mai Donohoe @HelenDonohoe

Excellent pre-match reading #COYG Sp*rs Women v Arsenal: From Ancient Grudge, Break New Mutiny https://arseblog.news/2019/11/sprs-women-arsenal-ancient-grudge-new-mutiny/ via @arseblognews

💚💚💚 Colm Tóibín to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at An Post Irish Book Awards https://www.writing.ie/news/colm-toibin-to-receive-lifetime-achievement-award-at-an-post-irish-book-awards/ via @writing_ie

Oh marvellous ⁦@guardian⁩ - cos we were running short on the things that divide us https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/16/a-letter-to-our-neighbours-with-a-baby?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Props to Emily Maitlis for not laughing, yelling or decking the disgusting deceitful fecker #PrinceAndrew

Our @Shelter shop in Bolton has been collecting donations for those affected by the fire since first thing this morning. If you can help, we’re at 36 Great Moor St, Bolton, BL1 1NJ

Really looking forward to the NLD tomorrow - when supporting Arsenal isn’t quite as much torture @ArsenalWFC @emmahmoore

.@womenssport will have a writer at every Women's Super League match on Sunday for Women's Football Weekend. Our dedicated eight-page Women's Football Weekend supplement is available in print tomorrow and online across the weekend

This is the corner of Dalston Junction, a 'hip' area full of rich people who @apple think they can flog £1,000+ phones to.

Behind this advertisement, there are 17 families in cramped flats with no access to natural light.

Take the ads down!

@LDNRentersUnion @alexjarmitage

Help make 'The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices' a reality by pledging today. 16 new working class writers will get published alongside some of the best writers in Ireland. Our friend @paul_mc_veigh is editing this great new anthology &...

Big up this Wee English Fella! And big up the NHS, always https://twitter.com/BBCnireland/status/1194593252856360961

"We came here to eat bacon rolls and redistribute your wealth, and we're all out of bacon rolls"

NHS workers MUST be heard during this election. #GE2019

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How John Stuart Mill can help tame ideological Brexit free-riders https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2019/11/12/how-john-stuart-mill-can-help-tame-ideological-brexit-free-riders/ via @LSEEuroppblog

Robert Enke: Remembering former Germany and Hannover goalkeeper, 10 years on http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50377937

A brilliant night last night at the @LDNIrishCentre watching @SirStevoTimothy and @LadySineadNora It’s no wonder it’s sold out tonight but catch them if you can.

The 2020 Cascading Leadership programme is now open for applications! If you're a voluntary and community sector leader working in health and wellbeing, find out about the development opportunities the programme could offer you. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/courses/cascading-leadership-programme?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=thekingsfund

The uk will be doing a lot better when so many of us don’t confuse being clever (and I am all for being clever) with being a posh boy in a suit sprinkling latin. (I am all for Latin too, but not the sprinkled variety!)

A message to my many friends in the UK:
A large percentage of the population of the United States of America never can afford to see a doctor because health insurance is prohibitively expensive. This man is trying to kill you and your family. https://twitter.com/TheProleStar/status/1191034848347078658

Utterly Brilliant..but so heartbreaking https://twitter.com/BBCBreakfast/status/1190283236108390401