Dr Helen Limon is a Research Associate and Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University's School for English Literature, Language and Linguistics. She is module leader for the MA Writing for Children and Young People and for the undergraduate module, "Creative and Critical". She is a member of the EU COST European Literacy Network and associated with Seven Stories National Centre for Children's Books and the International Board for Books for Young People (IBBY). Helen has published for adults and children in a variety of forms. Her first novel for children, Om Shanti Babe, won the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award and is published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books.
Dazzle camouflage (Razzle Dazzle) used by the UK and US Navy during WW1 and, to a lesser extent, WW2, has emerged as an illuminating visual metaphor to view the creative responses of some women military veterans to (post)deployment identities. My creative piece, "Start a Hare", - a ‘nursery noir’ story-within-a-story - is an extract from my novel for young adults that responds to the bright colours, fractured design, and use of counter-shading that characterises Razzle Dazzle camouflage.