Literary Lunch: Helen Mathews (to be confirmed)

Helen Matthews writes novels and short stories. Her debut novel ‘After Leaving the Village’ ​won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers’ Festival. It 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. A third novel is in progress. Her short stories have been shortlisted 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.

I recently signed with Darkstroke Books (an imprint of Crooked Cat). My new psychological suspense novel ‘Facade’ was published on 17 September. It’s available now in paperback and ebook formats.

I’m the author of ‘Lies Behind the Ruin’ (domestic noir set in France) and prize-winning suspense thriller ‘After Leaving the Village’ published by Hashtag Press. You can order my books from all good bookshops including Foyles and Waterstones. Ebooks are available from Amazon.

Did you know I’m an ambassador for Unseen? It’s an inspirational charity working towards a world without slavery. To raise awareness of their work, I’ve written about it on my blog. And I give talks to groups about modern slavery. I also donate a percentage of profits from my books to Unseen. So when you buy my novels you are helping to support their work and raise awareness.


Tickets £23.00 include a light lunch & glass of wine.

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