It was amazing to feature in California based publication, Shoutout SoCal. I got the opportunity to talk all things The Dinner Club, as well as share information on my community interest company, Write on the Tyne. Additionally, I had the chance to talk about the brilliant “Toon,” my hometown of Newcastle. Check out the fullContinue reading “L.A. Interview!”
I have always struggled to accept my body and I always will. But over the last few years, for a number of reasons, I have began to care a little less. Not diminishing responsibility for my own health and wellbeing, more that I have begun to care less about the all consuming worry of howContinue reading “Unmuting the Menopause”
Last month The Dinner Club was on the news in Florida! It was brilliantly bizarre to see it discussed Stateside.
The Dinner Club reached its oldest reader last week! The beautiful Mary in America, who read and loved the book, alongside her wonderful daughter-in-law (and fellow writer, Deanna). Thank you both. The photo made my heart happy and it was extra special as Mary is 98 years young (and has the same name as myContinue reading “The Dinner Club reaches 100 Amazon Reviews and oldest reader!”
I am delighted to share that I have received funding through my Community Interest Company, Write on the Tyne, to work with local veteran service, Operation Veteran. I will be documenting the voices, reflections and stories of our local heroes: their experiences of conflict and camaraderie, trauma and strength. The accounts will become an anthologyContinue reading “New Writing Project”
I was interviewed by the brilliant Book Shelf Cafe News for their blog a few weeks ago. Check out my interview and loads of other fascinating interviews with authors across the world! https://www.thebookshelfcafe.news/author-interview-helen-aitchison/
The Dinner Club has been out in the world for over four months now and I am delighted to have been sent photographs from across the world of readers with their copy. This week I was ecstatic to receive a message from a reader who enjoyed TDC so much, he purchased it to be partContinue reading “TDC Goes Stateside!”
I had the most wonderful two hours yesterday, signing my debut novel at the bound, Whitley Bay. I was welcomed to the bound as part of Independent Bookshop Week and it was an honour to sign in such a quirky, beautiful bookshop that has such a community heart. I was very grateful to all thatContinue reading “The Dinner Club book signing – the bound, Whitley Bay”
I received news last week that I have a new job as a freelance ghost writer. It is for a company called Story Terrace, who are the most beautiful memory makers. The process is to match someone with a professional writer who will help them document a part or their whole life story. The textContinue reading “Cakes are Made to be Eaten”
Please come along to the bound in Whitley Bay on 18th June at 2pm where you can buy signed copies of The Dinner Club. The bound is a wonderful, quirky, independent book shop with an array of eclectic reads and a lovely, community vibe. It would be brilliant to see you there!
I’m very pleased to share that by second book, The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty Cook will be released in March 2023. I have signed a further contract with Cahill Davis Publishing, continuing our partnership. Inspired by my own dating disasters and search for Mr Right, The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty CookContinue reading “Book number 2: Due March 2023!”
The North East folk are a talented bunch of people and I don’t just mean the likes of our region’s legends such as Ant and Dec, Sting, Robson Green, Alan Shearer and Catherine Cookson. We have some amazing creatives living in the local area, who’s work inspires and interests many of us. As someone whoContinue reading “Shining the Spotlight on Local Talent: Authors of the North East”
If holiday isn’t the time to indulge with eating out, I don’t know what is! So on a recent trip to Las Vegas, after so long not travelling, it felt that little bit more of a treat to eat out in my favourite American city. Now I have to be honest, much of fine diningContinue reading “Las Vegas – A Mexican Feast!”
Las Vegas is my favourite holiday destination. Not everyone’s cup of tea, or yard of frozen cocktail as the case may be, but for me, it’s everything I love! After two years of not visiting, due to the pandemic and not feeling quite ready to travel, we went on our rescheduled 11 night holiday toContinue reading “The Palms Place – A Home from Home”
I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely Sally for the brilliant NE Lifestyle Magazine! We talked all things writing, inspiration and chatted about my debut novel, The Dinner Club. Check out the whole magazine by clicking on the image below and my interview on page 50.
It’s been a month since the official launch of my debut novel, The Dinner Club. And what a month it has been! I’ve been lucky enough to be invited onto two podcast interviews, feature in three newsletters and had a few magazine interviews. On top of this I have had the most wonderful photos sentContinue reading “The Dinner Club is One Month Old!”
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Friday 11th March @ Ernest, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Eric and myself were both delighted to have his story featured in Community Cat Magazine in January. Eric was particularly happy to be their cover boy. His double page article tells his journey from homeless cat, to purrfectly pampered kit and his social media popularity! Check them out for all things furrtastic, including an interviewContinue reading “Community Cat Magazine”
Honoured to feature in this beautiful anthology, created by award winning author Christopher Fielden. 1000 writers, 1000 flash fiction stories and all money raised from sales goes to Arkbound Foundation, who support disadvantaged groups to get published.
My debut novel is due for release next March! In the run up, my brilliant publisher will be sharing updates, snippets, pre-order information and information on the launch. It would be wonderful if anyone interested could sign up to alerts via the link below. Thanks loads ❤️ https://bit.ly/tdchelen
My short story When Soaps Don’t Lather features in this wonderful anthology due for release July 5th. So excited to read all the stories!
I begrudgingly turned forty this Spring. It’s was something of an emotional rollercoaster to me. On one hand I was and still am seething that I have entered “middle age”, I don’t want to adult, I just want to be fresh faced, drink alcohol two nights in a row and be care-free. On the otherContinue reading “Forty Thoughts on Turning Forty – Realisations and Reflections”
Lingering, in the shadow you lurk, Although there have been a thousand sun rises, Since I escaped, away from your claws. Will I ever feel truly emancipated? Care free, no looking over my shoulder, No heart racing, dry mouth anxiety. Albatross. What is it like to be without you? To drown you in a seaContinue reading “Albatross”
A crack, a split, a tear in the seam A scab you can’t leave alone. Locked in, caged, tied down, A bird, trapped, that had once flown. Wishing I could switch it off, Disable the plug of power. Instead the climb to peace of mind, Feels like an infinite tower. I grab and scratch atContinue reading “Hope for tomorrow”
Take my hand Walk across the sand Don’t turn and look behind As I whistle in your ear The song I can hear As the waves crash on the shore Feel the wind on your skin And the warmth from within A squeeze of your hand in mine For all the nights in the darkContinue reading “Together is my Favourite Place”
I have recently had my short story Last Orders published on dearbooze.com. Check it out on the link below, I hope you like it. Cheers! https://dearbooze.com/cocktales?fbclid=IwAR0TZ6TFAEqqC8ydR90MZqHlxacD8tcOWESmYCSyd0KCAK8yd1_utdnYUkk
Two of my poems were recently published in an anthology called The Mountains You Cannot See. This collection of poems are around the topic of mental ill health and well being. All profits from sales go towards supporting three fantastic and crucial services delivering 24/7 support, 365 days a year to people in need. TheseContinue reading “The Mountains You Cannot See”
An excerpt of my latest short piece… Ruby placed her pen down and looked at her notepad with a satisfied smile. She sighed, contently, her list, or non-negotiables was complete. It wasn’t all about visuals. Aesthetically pleasing was most definitely a welcome bonus, but it wasn’t the be all and end all. She wasn’t thatContinue reading “Perfect Match”
I have recently wrote a short play about homelessness. Here’s the introduction There’s something about the seaside. Something about the innocence of childhood, the memories, that draws us to the seaside. Memories of family time, fish and chips, candy floss, loads of ice cream. Memories of fairground rides and hook a duck, bingo and cupsContinue reading “Seaside Sour”
There it was, pumping through my veins. Inside my body, engulfing me like quicksand. It had crept up on me, yet I knew it was coming. Like a bolt of lightning in a thunderstorm, expectant but frightening none the less. I had ignored the warning signs, again. It was in my throat, my lungs, myContinue reading “Creeping”
The pandemic has changed life in monumental ways. Our lives have become different to anything we have ever known, and we have had to adapt in a multitude of methods. Life cannot come to an abrupt halt, but individuals and services across the world have had to react, flex and respond to an influx ofContinue reading “A Time Like No Other”
‘Let’s go to Marrakesh’ my beloved said. ‘It will be fun’ he announced. It was about as fun as diarrhoea, which luckily, was one thing I didn’t have to endure on this traumatic trip! They say ‘You get what you pay for’. At £147 each for four nights including flights, there was never a truerContinue reading “Born in Newcastle, Broken in Marrakesh”
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