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About Aston Hill Editorial

Aston Hill Editorial was formed in 1997 by Publisher, Editor and Writer, Helen Watts to provide a wide range of editorial services, specializing in the primary education and literacy market.

Former Editor of Literacy Time PLUS magazine, published by Scholastic Ltd, Helen has 25 years of experience in educational publishing. She has helped provide materials to support primary teachers through many times of change - from the introduction of the National Curriculum back in the ‘80s, through the days of the Literacy and Numeracy Hours, to the Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks and the latest primary curriculum reviews. She has written for, and edited, professional teachers’ magazines, resources and children’s books linked to subjects right across the curriculum for clients such as Scholastic, Heinemann Educational, the Department for Education and the World Wildlife Fund. For the last 15 years she has specialised in primary literacy and in recent months has turned her hand to writing children's fiction.

As Literacy Publisher for Heinemann Educational, Helen developed the reading programme, Storyworlds for children aged 4 to 7, and was responsible for the initial research and development of the programme for ages 7 to 11 – a product which evolved into Literacy World, still selling well today and frequently described as 'the most successful KS2/P4-7 literacy programme in the UK'.

In the late 1990s, Helen set up the publishing and editorial company which became Aston Hill Editorial, and was quickly commissioned by Scholastic Ltd to develop a new literacy resource for primary teachers. That series - Literacy Time PLUS - was much loved by teachers and children all over the UK and abroad and was a finalist in the Innovation category in the 2008 Educational Resource Awards.

In 2009 Helen launched a new publishing venture - The Literacy Club – for which she teamed up with on-screen educational resource specialists, Cambridge English Online. Aiming not only to provide much-needed quality resources for literacy teachers, The Literacy Club published books, magazines and digital resources that also offered fantastic literacy texts, by the very best of authors, to encourage more children to read and more parents to become involved in their child’s literacy development.

For the last three years, Helen has also worked as Schools Coordinator for the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, for which she helps put together the Author- in-Schools Programme.

Through Aston Hill Editorial, Helen draws on all of these experiences to offer a wide range of editorial and consultancy services to publishers, and to produce printed and online resources for schools, parents and children looking for new and inspirational materials to read, use and enjoy both in school and at home. 

Most recently, Helen has turned her hand to writing fiction for teenagers and her debut historical fiction novel One Day in Oradour has just been published by A&C Black (May 2013). 


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