Helen Babbs works with words. She is an author, editor, writer and independent journalist, with a particular interest in the arts, the environment, and urban nature.


Helen has authored two non-fiction books, which have urban nature and London in common. The most recent – Adrift, A Secret Life of London’s Waterways – was published in March 2016. It’s been described as a ‘compelling exploration of river living’, and ‘one of the best waterways books for decades’.


Helen has worked as a broadcast journalist for Associated Press Television News, BBC Radio News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, and BBC Radio Leicester. Her written features have been published in the Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The New Statesman, Time Out, BBC Wildlife, Gardens Illustrated, and The Ecologist.

Writer and editor 

Helen has been commissioned as a writer, editor and/or creative project manager by Greenpeace UK, Greenpeace Asia Pacific, Friends of the Earth, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, Barbican, and Puppet Centre, among others. She is currently editor of Greenpeace UK’s magazine Connect, which is published three times a year.

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She is always interested in new projects – do get in touch.

All content on this website is © Helen Babbs

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