Helen Leighton-Rose was once a biologist. She is now an historian, aspiring novelist and always an artist.  

She lives on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, constantly inspired by the windswept hills and surrounding history.

Helen is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where she gained her Master’s Degree in 2019. Now in the second year of a part time PhD, her research has expanded to explore women’s agency and subversion in the period 1740-1870. Of interest are the changes wrought by industrialisation upon the social lives and the perceived ownership of the bodies of the women living in the towns of south east Scotland.

As an artist she exhibits and works freelance as a tutor and lecturer.