My debut novel 'After Leaving the Village' is out now published by Hashtag Press. You can order it from my website at the link below. It's also available from Amazon, Foyles and Waterstones and all good bookshops. I am partnering with Unseen, an inspirational charity working towards a world without slavery, to raise awareness of their work. I'm also donating a percentage of profits from my book to Unseen.


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 and was published in October 2017. She was runner up in Southport International short story competition; her story 'Coal'  was recently published in Artificium. She blogs about travel and more and writes freelance about HR, Employee Benefits and pensions. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes.

My Writing Places

I carry a notebook with me everywhere to scribble down ideas. When the weather's fine I love to work outside. Here are some of the inspirational places where I've set up my laptop.

Gladstone's Library


"Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, I would stay and love you but I have to go; this is my station." Lisa St. Aubin deTeran.

Getting your Book into Libraries

In these times of austerity, how can authors can get their books into libraries; why it's worth doing and a few tips on how writers can support libraries in return.


Helping Hands - (broadcast more than a decade ago on BBC Home Truths)

With her househusband gone, Helen Matthews has to rely on hired hands to look after her young persons... This article from 10+ years ago foreshadows the sub-plot digital detox theme of my novel 'After Leaving the Village'. Some of you may have read it. I am reposting because I have found a photo of the wonderful Brano.


Children and the Internet - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This is an article I wrote for the online magazine Female First. It links to the sub-plot of my novel After Leaving the Village


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