Author Event - Forum Books, Corbridge
May
20
6:30 PM18:30

Author Event - Forum Books, Corbridge

From Forum Books:

Shortlistee for Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, Helen Cullen’s charming and lyrical debut novel The Lost Letters of William Woolf is romantic, enchanting escapism at it’s very best, and she’s coming to tell us all about it this May.

Join us, and Helen, here at The Chapel, Corbridge, for the arrival of the paperback of The Lost Letters of William Woolf, Monday 20th May. Doors will be open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Ticket are available now at £5.00 which includes a welcome drink on arrival.

Ticket bookings are available now from Forum Books, Corbridge, by phone on 01434 632931 or online via our Ticket Source website here. 

We hope to see you soon!

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The Marlow Bookshop Author Event
May
29
6:30 PM18:30

The Marlow Bookshop Author Event

The Marlow Bookshop will host an event with Helen Cullen to discuss her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf.

Tickets cost £5 and are available to purchase in the shop, or you can telephone the shop on 01628 473 240.

All tickets include a glass of wine or a soft drink, and 20% off copies of The Lost Letters of William Woolf.

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What would Jane do?
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

What would Jane do?

From Hillingdon Libraries:

Would you call Jane Austen and/or Jane Eyre feminists?

What would they think of the #MeToo movement?

Is Jane Austen's work still relevant today and what makes them both (author and character) so eternally popular?

Come join us for a discussion of the above with some contemporary female authors who have been influenced by them both. 

On the panel will be three novelists: Helen Cullen, Emma Flint and Michele Roberts.

Book your free place at any Hillingdon Library or email culturebite@hillingdon.gov.uk

Full details available online here.

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Debut Voices: Helen Cullen at Irish Arts Centre, New York
Jun
4
7:30 PM19:30

Debut Voices: Helen Cullen at Irish Arts Centre, New York

From the Irish Arts Centre website:

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is a letter detective who spends his days solving mysteries: missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, forgotten street names. But when William discovers letters addressed simply to “My Great Love,” his work takes on new meaning as he must solve his most important mystery yet. Might he be the intended recipient? Could he be her great love?

Irish writer Helen Cullen reads from her debut novel, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, a rumination on the lost art and power of letter-writing, and the colliding realities of magic and pragmatism in love.

Conversation with the author and reception to follow.

Admission is free but please reserve tickets online

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The Country Girls: A celebration of Edna O'Brien
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Country Girls: A celebration of Edna O'Brien

From the Irish Literary Society Website:

Link to full event details here.

With the support of the Dublin: One City, One Book festival we are bringing together a fascinating panel to discuss The Country Girls trilogy as it is being celebrated in Dublin as the chosen festival book. Quite clearly we are not in Dublin but we’re delighted to extend the consideration of O’Brien’s work to London, a city pivotal to her writing career. The special edition of the trilogy produced for this celebration is published by Faber & Faber and is introduced by Eimear McBride. The trilogy changed the temperature of Irish literature in the 1960s and inspired generations of readers and writers. 

The passion, artistry and courage of Edna O’Brien’s vision in these novels continue to resonate into the 21st century. In addition to readings and discussion our panel will consider the role of the city in the books, how the romantic aspects of O’Brien’s work have coloured her reception and O’Brien’s influence on younger writers. Dublin One City One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Joining Helen on the panel will be:

Chair - Dr Anne Goudsmit left Ireland to study at Sussex University and at the Sorbonne before moving to London. Her early career was in Finance, when she worked at Citibank and subsequently at ITV. Anne wrote her PhD thesis on Northern Irish fiction at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, where she was a visiting lecturer. She is a member of the Irish Literary Society. She recently became a member of the board at the Irish Cultural Centre where she convenes a monthly Book Club.

Dr Sinéad Mooney is a graduate of University College Cork and the University of Oxford. She is currently a senior lecturer in English at De Montfort University, Leicester, where she teaches Irish literature and creative writing. Her monograph, A Tongue Not Mine: Beckett and Translation (Oxford University Press) won the 2012 American Conference for Irish Studies Robert Rhodes Prize, and her chapter on Edna O’Brien appeared in the recent in A History of Modern Irish Women’s Literature, edited by Clíona O’Gallchóir and Heather Ingman. She is currently working on a study of Irish women’s modernism.

Paula McGrath lives in Dublin. A History of Running Away is her second novel. Her first, Generation, was published in 2015. She has a background in English Literature and is currently an Irish Research Council (Government of Ireland) PhD scholar at the University of Limerick. She received an Arts Council literary bursary in 2016, and was recently Irish Writers Centre Writer-in-Residence in St Mark’s English Church, Florence. In another life she was a yoga teacher.

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Aye Write Festival, Glasgow
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Aye Write Festival, Glasgow

From the Aye Write Festival Website:

Novelist and playwright Alan Bissett introduces these extraordinary debuts.

Actor Richard Lumsden writes about Billy Binns, the oldest man in Europe who has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. He looks back at the relationships that have shaped his flawed life – and the events that shaped the century. 

Helen Cullen’s book is set inside the Dead Letters Depot where William Woolf is one of 30 letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning.

Link for tickets: here

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Brixton BookJam
Mar
4
8:00 PM20:00

Brixton BookJam

From The Brixton BookJam Website:

The Brixton BookJam is a FREE quarterly literary event that is unpredictable, eclectic, and aims to curate the very best in South London writing. From a-listers to talented unknowns, each BookJam brings a range of talent to our dedicated and passionate audience.

The next Brixton BookJam will be at 8pm on Monday 4th March 2019 at our regular venue The Hootananny, Brixton

This time around We’ll be hearing from La Celine, Helen Cullen, Jennie Ensor, Judy Mcinerney, Leye Adenle, Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Wayne Holloway, Tom Tomaszewski, Helen Trevorrow, Kate Potts, Dan Dalton and Robert Woodshaw …presented by crack librarian Glenda Read. Head over to the Readers/Speakers page for more info on all of our writers.

 

What happens on the night?

Twelve invited writers and book-people are each given five minutes to either read from their work or talk about a book-related subject that interests them. They will be around to answer any questions that the audience may have about books and book-nature. In between there will be food, drink, conversation, pitches and signings, and at least one really good argument about typefaces. Entrance is free but we’d really appreciate it if you bought some books. There will be books for sale.

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Laois Launch of 'The Lost Letters of William Woolf'
Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

Laois Launch of 'The Lost Letters of William Woolf'

I am honoured and delighted that the Laois Leaves Literary Festival will be hosting a hometown launch of The Lost Letters of William Woolf for me on November 10th in the art gallery of the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

It is a wonderful opportunity for me to say hello and say thank you in person to everyone who has already bought the book and would like it signed, or for those who would like to pick up a signed copy.

John Whelan will also launch an anthology of essays and articles,Growing Pains and Growing Up and our host will be novelist, poet and playwright, Dermot Bolger.

I am so looking forward to this event and hope that you will join me for the official homecoming of William Woolf!

Admission is free.

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Kick-start your Creative Writing - Workshop for Adults
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Kick-start your Creative Writing - Workshop for Adults

As part of the Laois Leaves Literary Festival, I will be hosting a creative writing workshop for adults on Saturday, 8th November at the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Kick-start your creative writing

Maximum: 12 places

If you’ve always daydreamed about creative writing but have never known how to start, this beginner’s workshop is for you. Helen Cullen, published author, will lead an inspiring introduction to the basic elements of writing fiction including characterisation, setting, point of view and dialogue in a relaxed environment. No experience required but please bringing something to write on or with.

Bookings for the workshop can be made through Dunamaise Box Office: 0578663355 or online at www.dunamaise.ie

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Laois Leaves Saturday Night
Nov
10
7:30 AM07:30

Laois Leaves Saturday Night

From Festival programme:

Irish Writer Helen Cullen’ will share insights into her debut novel The Lost Letters of William Woolf. 

In a relaxed and intimate conversation with poet & novelist Dermot BolgerBrian Keenan will discuss his experiences of being held hostage in a time of war, so brilliantly recounted in his 1992 best-seller An Evil Cradling, as well as more recently, exploring present day Lebanon as a free man, now hopelessly captivated by that city.

This evening also features music  by legendary tin whistle player Sean Ryan and highly acclaimed harpist and arranger of traditional Irish dance tunes and airs Kathleen Loughnane.   

Bookings for the workshop and evening performance can be made through Dunamaise Box Office: 0578663355 or online at https://dunamaise.ticketsolve.com/shows/873593772

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Helen Cullen in Conversation with David Flusfeder: Harbour Books, Whitstable
Nov
1
6:45 PM18:45

Helen Cullen in Conversation with David Flusfeder: Harbour Books, Whitstable

From Harbour Books, Whitstable:

Join us for an evening with Helen Cullen, author of ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf.’ Helen’s debut novel has been hailed as a ‘life affirming book,’ Independent and ‘Beautifully written and moving’ Nina George, bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop.

Helen will be joined by David Flusfeder, author of ‘John the Pupil’ and ‘A Film by Spencer Ludwig.’ Both Helen and David’s books will be available to purchase and have signed. Tickets are three pounds and can be bought in the shop/over the phone – please do book before arrival!

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The Irish Times Book Club Podcast - Waterford Writers Weekend
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

The Irish Times Book Club Podcast - Waterford Writers Weekend

From Waterford Writers Weekend:

We're delighted to welcome Martin Doyle editor of the Irish Times Booksand Irish writer Helen Cullen for a live recording of the Irish Times Book Club podcast at The Book Centre Waterford.  

Presented as part of Waterford Writers Weekend and Imagine Arts Festival.

Free event, all welcome.

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Fiction At 7: The Lost Art Of Letters @ Cheltenham Literature Festival
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Fiction At 7: The Lost Art Of Letters @ Cheltenham Literature Festival

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From Cheltenham Literature Festival Programme:

One of the most talked about debuts of 2018 and already optioned for a TV adaptation, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to female friendship, Blitz spirit, the kindness of strangers and the art of letter-writing itself. Helen Cullen’s The Lost Letters of William Woolf is a life-affirming love story set in a dead letter office. They discuss their remarkable debuts and the power and art of letters with Steven Gale.

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Hillingdon Literary Festival: Debut Novelist and their Stories
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Hillingdon Literary Festival: Debut Novelist and their Stories

From Hillingdon Literary Programme:
Debut Novelist and their Stories

Helen Cullen, Emma Flint and Rhiannon L. Cosslett are three of the most exciting debut novelists working across genres today. Join them for a conversation about their work and hear about their paths to success.

Admission is free but ticketed.

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Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Event Name: Victoria Bacon, Helen Cullen and Kim Sherwood - The Things We Leave Behind

Letters, journals, testaments - the catalogue of what people leave behind when they die, or letters that are lost and found, can result in some unexpected revelations about our lives. Three writers explore this in three very different pieces of writing. Helen Cullen's debut, The Lost Letters of William Woolf, is set in the Dead Letters Depot in East London as lost or misaddressed missives and mysteries are solved or repatriated. Kim Sherwood's debut novel, Testament, is based on a true story following a young woman uncovering the truth about her family's past in the Hungarian Holocaust, and Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer is the recently discovered journal written by Victoria Bacon's grandfather who was in the RAF in 1940 France and recounts the bravery that emerged amidst the chaos and confusion of war.

In conversation with Carol Ackroyd

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Riff-Raff Club
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Riff-Raff Club

Helen joins the latest debut writer panel for the infamous Riff-Raff Club. 

From the Riff-Raff Club event listing:

THE RIFF RAFF SEPTEMBER WRITERS' MEET UP

September 13, 2018

At our September event, we're joined by the following incredible writers:

Michael Donkor, author of Hold: Moving between Ghana and London, Hold is an intimate, powerful coming-of-age novel. It’s a story of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness; of learning what we should cling to, and when we need to let go.

Helen Cullen, author of The Lost Letters of William Woolf: A beautifully-written, moving story set in the Dead Letters department of an East London depot. An original and refreshing novel about lost love.

Katherine Kilalea author of OK, Mr Field: Funny, beguiling and like nothing you've ever read. It dwells in the silences between words, in the gaps in conversations, and in the distances between people. It confidently guides us into new fictional territory.

Damian Dibben, author of Tomorrow: An original and ambitious tail (!) which follows a 217-year old dog as he searches for his master (Please excuse the pun). 

Anna-Marie Crowhurst, author of The Illumination of Ursula Flight: A gutsy coming-of-age story about a spirited young woman struggling to lead a creative life. For anyone who has ever tried to succeed against the odds.

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Helen Cullen Author Event at Toppings & Co. in Bath
Sep
4
7:45 PM19:45

Helen Cullen Author Event at Toppings & Co. in Bath

Event Description from Toppings & Co. Website:

Sometimes an author is destined to become the next literary sensation, and we booksellers feel the magnitude of their incoming star power as it rumbles through the book world. Helen Cullen is such an author, and we are delighted to introduce you to her in our beautiful bookshop.

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn’t know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

Catch this years’ breakthrough superstar in the intimacy of the bookshop.

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Hart's Books: Author Evening with Helen Cullen
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Hart's Books: Author Evening with Helen Cullen

Join us for an evening with acclaimed debut novelist Helen Cullen as she discusses he new novel ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’.

Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . . Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries: Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers. When William discovers letters addressed simplyto ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn’t know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love? William must follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.

Tickets for this event are £5 each and are available in store or over the phone on 01799 524 552.

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Newark Book Festival
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Newark Book Festival

Meet debut authors, Helen Cullen and Anne Youngsen, as they take us on a journey of self-discovery, second chances and the power of the written word through the art form of the epistolary novel.

Chaired by Annie Mackenzie, Festival Friend.

£4/£3 Festival Friends

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Chenies Manor House: An evening with Helen Cullen and Ann Youngson
Jul
11
7:30 PM19:30

Chenies Manor House: An evening with Helen Cullen and Ann Youngson

Join Chorleywood Bookshop, Helen Cullen and Ann Youngson at Chenies Manor for a delightful evening celebrating two debut novels: The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen and Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngsen.

Event book voucher £10.00 to include a glass of Pimm's and nibbles. Books will be £18.00 for both books on the night (RRP £12.99 per title) or £10.00 per book on the night if you wish to purchase just one book.

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