Rakel Helmsdal (born in 1966) has written over 20 books as well as plays, short stories and poems. She was the president of the Association of Writers of the Faroe Islands from 2009-2011. Rakel manages her own marionette theatre called Karavella Marionett-Teatur. Helmsdal is also a multi-talented and colourful artist who works with different forms of art, incl. graphic design.
She has been nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize several times, including in 2017 for her book Hon, sum róði eftir ælaboganum (“She Who Rowed after the Rainbow”).
The writer’s visit to Estonia took place within the scope of the programme Nordic Writers Crossing Borders.