Past Events - St Helen's Enterprises

May 2023

Have you ever felt invisible? An evening with Joanne Harris

In May 2023 we were delighted to be joined by international bestselling author Joanne Harris, for an author talk and Q&A. Joanne also treated our audience to a beautiful reading of her latest novel Broken Light.

During the Q&A Joanne was kind enough to share advice with some budding writers in the audience, as well as a deeper dive into her editing process. One question about her upcoming plans even led to Joanne revealing possible plans for a Chocolat prequel!

March 2023

An Evening with Lynda La Plante

The acclaimed international bestselling author, Lynda La Plante, joined us for a very special Book Club.  In what was an unmissable event, the indisputable Queen of Drama, shared her extraordinary life and writing career. Lynda only appears at a very select number of events, so we were privileged and delighted to welcome her.

February 2023

An Evening with Ruth Ware and Louise Candlish

We were joined by best-selling crime fiction authors Ruth Ware and Louise Candlish, discussing the twists and turns of their thrillingly dark tales of spine-chilling secrets, deception and murder mystery.   

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times bestselling author of 15 novels, including the #1 bestseller, Our House, winner of the British Book Awards 2019 Crime & Thriller Book of the Year and now a 4-part ITV drama.


January 2023

An Evening with Jill Mansell and Sophia Money-Coutts

We hosted a feelgood evening with bestselling authors Jill Mansell and Sophia Money Coutts, who showcased their new romantic comedy novel releases. A richly entertaining evening, full of laughter in which the authors took our audience on a fun and insightful journey into the lives of both their protagonists; as well as their own processes and approaches to writing.

Jill Mansell has written over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers, and her books have sold over 13 million copies around the world. Sophia Money-Coutts is a journalist and author, having worked as an editor for the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail in London, and currently is Features Director at Tatler.

November 2022

An Evening with Louisa Treger

Author Louisa Treger joined us to discuss her stunning historical novel Madwoman. The book brings to life the true story of 19th century journalist Nellie Bly, who faked insanity to get herself committed to a New York asylum and expose its horrendous conditions.

Joe Haddow returned as our host for the evening, and audiences enjoyed a lively Q&A session about the book.


October 2022

An Evening with Wendy Holden and Eva Clarke

Bestselling author Wendy Holden joined us to discuss her poignant and incredibly moving book Born Survivors. The book tells an inspirational story of resilience and maternal courage, as three pregnant women fight for survival in concentration camps during the Holocaust. 

Wendy was joined by Eva Clarke BEM, one of the babies born under these harrowing circumstances, who shared the particular context surrounding her family’s struggle for survival, and her own personal experiences of growing up in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

The event was hosted by author and Producer of the Radio 2 Book Club Joe Haddow – who facilitated a fascinating Q&A session with the speakers and audience.