Helen Sedgwick

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Helen Sedgwick

Helen Sedgwick is an author, editor, amateur gardener and former research physicist. She spent several years working as a bio-engineer developing new technologies for cancer research but has also worked, at various times, as a musician, a dinner lady, a physics tutor, and the MD of Cargo Publishing.

Given her time again she'd like to be an archaeologist which perhaps explains something about her crime book, When the Dead Come Calling.

She grew up in London and now lives, writes, and grows vegetables in the Scottish Highlands with her partner, photographer Michael Gallacher, their 18-month-old daughter, and their rescue chickens. She has a solid plan for surviving the apocalypse.


Interviewed 22 February 2020

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Sales assistant, musician, research physicist, teacher, editor, MD, author: varied!

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

My yucca plant, books, a photo of my mum when she was three years old, wild rocket seedlings, a micro Lego T.rex, a cherry tree, strawberry plants, the sky and my mug of tea.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Noodle veg stir-fry.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Seven generations of women in my family, starting with my great-grandmother (who I never met) and going back in time from there.

Six things you can't live without ...

Fresh air, space, time to think, fresh water, laughter, sleep.

Five favourite words ...

Nebula, harmony, seedlings, clockleddy, whisper.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Antarctica, the International Space Station (and then on from there), my best friend’s flat, home.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Split by Juana Adcock
Men Explain Things to Me and other essays by Rebecca Solnit
A Practical Guide to the Resurrected edited by Gavin Miller and Anna McFarlane

Two things that make you rant ...

Sexism and misogyny.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

It gets better!