Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-nibbling science writer, presenter and comedian, who sometimes writes in the third person.
She has written many popular science books. Her most recent, 'Life Changing - How Humans are Altering Life on Earth,' is long listed for the 2020 Wainwright Writing Prize for Global Conservation. Her first book, 'Bring Back the King: the New Science of De-extinction' was Radio 2 'Fact not Fiction' book of the week. It was described by comedian Sara Pascoe as 'science at its funniest.'
In other news, Helen is science advisor to the Beano and owns a genetically-modified wolf. She used to work as a reporter for Nature, managed the Royal Society's Science in Society Program, and has a PhD in Cell Biology from London's Institute of Psychiatry. Happily freelance, she now specializes in biology, medicine and quirky off-the-wall science, writing for outlets including BBC Wildlife, The Guardian and Science Focus. She also teaches people how to tell stories, talk and write about science, and deal with the media.
Unusually for a self-proclaimed geek, Helen also used to be a stand-up comedian before the arrival of children meant she was unable to stay awake past 9pm. She now gigs from time to time, and lives in rural Warwickshire with her family and besotted dog. You can hear Helen talking about herself by eavesdropping on her in her kitchen whilst she cooks fried eggs, or by listening to this Nature podcast.