Talie Helene is a musician and writer, from Melbourne, Australia. She has poetry published in journals including Voiceworks, Avant, and Inkshed, and Mary Manning’s About Poetry (Oxford University Press), and a co-authored short story (with Martin Livings) The Last Gig of Jimmy Rucker in More Scary Kisses (edited by Liz Grzyb). She has appeared on panels at Aussiecon 4, Dirty Words – a writers’ flash festival, and Continuum 5 – Galaxies By Gaslight, and performed at the St Kilda Music and Poetry Festival.
Talie is Horror Editor for the anthology The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (Ticonderoga Press), and was News Editor for the Australian Horror Writers’ Association for four years (2006-2010), for which she received a Ditmar nomination. Talie is a member of the SuperNOVA writers’ group, and is working on her first novel. As a journalist she has been on staff at the UK’s bible of extreme music, Zero Tolerance magazine, for five years; her column Waltzing Macabre was a regular in Black: Australian Dark Culture magazine.
Talie is currently preparing her AMusA in Classical Singing (with the fabulous Bill Bamford), and is ambling through an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance (Jazz and Contemporary) in Double Bass. She also plays piano and guitar, and has had the pleasure of studying filmscore composition with Brett Rosenberg (Halflight). She has a Cert IV in Music Industry (Technical Production), and a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. Her interdisciplinary interests lean strongly towards audio arts and film score composition, and she is currently developing an audio arts anthology of ghost ballads titled The Unquiet Grave, and a collaboration with writer Andrew Macrae titled The Sound Collector.
A singer-songwriter, Talie performs solo. She has performed with many artists including The Tenth Stage, Wendy Rule, Sean Bowley, Saba Persian Orchestra, Maroondah Symphony, and Eden. She has contributed to explosions of violent volume with extreme metal bands Portrayal and Hobbs’ Angel of Death. Talie event managed the weekly metal club event Hammerheart in the smokiest club in the world, and has a sensibly shod life in fine art event management.
She is taller online, than in real life.
“Martin Livings and Talie Helene close the anthology [More Scary Kisses, Ticonderoga Publications] with ‘The Last Gig of Jimmy Rucker’ – a brilliantly hypnotizing and heartwarming tale. Readers will be delighted by this introduction to some of Australia’s best paranormal romance writers.”
– Publishers Weekly