A well-published poet and fiction writer, Helen Cerne explores women’s creative experiences and artistic collaborative partnerships. Active in the arts community in the western suburbs, Helen’s work has appeared in Meanjin, Overland, the Age, and on the ABC. Coordinator of Western Union Writers, and a tutor of creative writing at Victoria University since 1995, she has published a co-written local history, a poetry collection, Just Heart Work and a novel about teaching in the western suburbs, Those Who Can’t. Helen’s PhD, Circling Lina examined past and present Victorian heterosexual artistic partnerships. A collaborative autobiographical novel, Shifting, written with her late husband Serge in 2015. In 2007 she established Vanark Press to publish innovative first novels set in Melbourne.