Welcome to Helen Dale’s scratch-pad

Given I already have a significant presence in mainstream outlets, a Substack may seem a bit surplus to requirements.

I nonetheless enjoy being able to work up ideas in advance of publication, and I miss doing it elsewhere. You’ll see things here from me before anyone else sees them elsewhere.

Professionally, I’m a lawyer as well as a writer so if I disappear for long periods it’s because I’m consulting.

Background: I’ve been a writer in a variety of outlets since 1993, and in various forms of legal practice since 2005. I’ve written three novels (the second’s cover is my logo), hundreds of thousands of words of legal and political commentary, and have been Senior Writer at Law & Liberty since January 2021. Unusually, I’m trained in both English-derived common law and Roman-derived civil law.

You’re welcome to take out a traditional subscription below. I use this money to pay for guest posts from writers I consider interesting. Lorenzo Warby is the first of those writers. In my view, Lorenzo is a major thinker and scholar. People will be reading his stuff in 200 years.

Do be aware, however, my substack will remain unpaywalled for everyone.

I have won or been shortlisted for a number of literary awards, initially in Australia and then elsewhere. I now live in the UK, in an area often described as the “Home Counties” or “Tory Shires”.

I’m still on the demon bird app; you can find me @_HelenDale (yes, I’m a legacy blue tick; don’t judge).

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Bric-a-Brac, Curios, and Complaints from a professional irritant, novelist, and retired lawyer.


Helen Dale 

Writer, lawyer, political commentator.