Butterfly on lavender.

The Healing Power of Words

Writing is so much more than a creative outlet, it’s cathartic too. The mere act of writing it all down can help us navigate the storm of turbulent emotions that often rages when we go through traumatic times. I struggled to write about my experiences when I was being treated for breast cancer last year; […]

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The Quiet Time – Lockdown 2020

Some more poems, mostly written during Covid-19 quarantine, whilst I have been ‘shielding’ from coronavirus. Precious Moments was actually penned at the back end of last year, but seemed appropriate to include in this collection which I have called, The Quiet Time. Life certainly has a way of coming at us! And I was thinking […]

Simple Pleasures – Writing For Distraction

2019 has been quite a year so far. It started off quietly enough, with my day to day life continuing pretty much as it had before, balancing my life as a mum with my freelance work as a voiceover/writer and a part-time job with English Heritage. Then in February I found a lump. In March I got the shock […]

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Paying Tribute to Trees

I’ve been inspired by the Forestry Commission’s ongoing celebration of their centenary to join in the nationwide ‘Tribute to Trees‘ and pen a poem about the healing nature of woodland. We have so many beautiful spots here in Northumberland and I’m often to be found treading through leaves and talking to trees! Woods are so therapeutic. In […]

Audio Book album covers for Bertie the Guinea Pig stories

Bertie Guinea Pig Audio Books

Bertie’s guinea pig stories have grown in to quite a collection in his app and I’m delighted that all twelve of his tales are now also available as audio books too! I’ve just added Volume 3 to the audio book collection. Bertie’s final volume includes the last four squeaky guinea pig tales, Bertie’s Halloween Treat, […]

Audiobook Collection

Helen J. Aitken · The Stories of Bertie the Guinea Pig – Volume 2 I’m thrilled to see the second volume of my guinea pig tales now online as audio book downloads. Bertie’s stories continue to go from strength to strength and the second volume of audio books is a great addition to his collection. […]

New audiobook collection

Bertie’s books are now available in a new format! I’m very proud to announce the first volume of Bertie guinea pig audiobooks is now on sale. I’ve remastered the original app talking books, adding extra squeaks and sound effects to bring his stories to life in audiobook  form. I’m often asked how else people can […]

Storytime video

I’ve just finished working on a new promotional video for The Story Mouse, presenting a Storytime version of “Bertie and the Big Squeak” which is now live on YouTube. Bertie’s app is currently only available on apple handheld devices so this was a great way to introduce him to a wider audience and I got […]

Bertie’s ABC

The Story Mouse have created their first ever educational app – with Bertie guinea pig at the helm! Bertie’s ABC is packed full of fun and aimed at young learners who are just starting to recognise and learn letters and sounds. It uses picture cards and audio to help the child learn shapes and sounds. There’s […]

A Christmas tale

Bertie’s app has a new addition! Bertie’s Christmas Carrot was added to the collection this week.  This festive tale of cavy capers is the sixth story in Bertie’s app, written and narrated by myself, illustrated by Liz Lewis and published by The Story Mouse. It’s available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.You can hear a sample […]