Literary Lunch: Helen Matthews

Helen Matthews writes page-turning psychological suspense and is fascinated by the darker side of human nature and how a life can change in an instant. Her debut novel ‘After Leaving the Village’ won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers’ Festival and was published in October 2017.

Her second novel ‘Lies Behind the Ruin’ – contemporary suspense and domestic noir, set in France, was published in April 2019. Her latest novel ‘Facade’ was published by Darkstroke Books. A fourth book is in progress.

Her short stories have been shortlisted by Flash 500, 1000K Story and published in Artificium; in the Reflex Press anthology ‘The Real Jazz Baby’; in EllipsisZine and in Love Sunday magazine.

She has published an eBook collection of stories and travel writing ‘Brief Encounters’ and this is available on Amazon. Helen regularly gives talks and appears at events and literary festivals. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University.

Her website is

Tickets £23 include a light lunch and a glass of wine.

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