From as early as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an Author & Illustrator. As a child I was fascinated by children’s books and used to enjoy writing my own stories and rhymes to which I would then illustrate.


I graduated in 2001 with a BA Hons degree in Illustration from the University of Central Lancashire, where I discovered working digitally and never looked back! Since graduating, my versatility has allowed me to work as a Graphic and Product Designer as well as an Illustrator, working on a wide range of products ranging from toys and games, to magazines, greeting cards, packaging, pet products and of course, children’s books. My work has been sold to many major high street retailers and publishers both in the UK and Worldwide.


Clara's Crazy Curls, my first book as author & illustrator was published in January 2014 by Capstone Publishing and can be found on and (as well as many other online bookstores).


Messy Malcolm is my second book as author & illustrator and was published in July 2018 by Turner James Press. It can be found on and


Helen Poole

• author • illustrator • designer

Clients include:

• Alligator Books

• Autumn Publishing

• BBC Worldwide

• Candle Books

• Carlton Publishing

• Caterpillar Books

• Cat's Pyjamas

• Edventure Books

• Hallmark Cards

• Holland Publishing

• Igloo Books

• International Greetings

• Korea Hermanhasse

• M&S

• Macmillan Children's Books


• Matalan

• Nigel Quiney

• Original Poster Company

• Oxford University Press

• Parragon Books

• Powell Publishing

• Primark

• Rourke Publishing

• Shout Magazine

• Smallworld Creations

• Simon Elvin

• Tango Books

• Tesco

• UK Greetings

• WHSmith



All work is copyright of Helen Poole. Please do not use without permission.