…to the website of British author, Helen Cross.
I am the author of novels, stories, radio plays and screenplays. My first novel, My Summer of Love, won a Betty Trask Award and became a BAFTA award winning feature film. Mighty Atom Entertainment are currently working on a film adaptation of my latest novel, Spilt Milk Black Coffee, and I am completing a fourth novel.
I was educated at Goldsmiths College, University of London and am a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
Since January 2016 I have been Creative Fellow at the University of Birmingham where I am developing a new film project.
Artist Carol Adlam and I will be talking about our forthcoming graphic novel, The Ministry of Women, at the Hay on Wye Literature Festival on Friday 3 June at 11.30am. You can book tickets here.
I will be running a writing workshop called Inspiring Women in Leeds on Tuesday 29 March as part of F= Festival of the Body.
Inspiring women are at the heart of many lives and stories. Who are the women who have inspired you in your life? Who are the inspiring female characters at the centre of your stories? In the first half of this workshop I will guide you in revealing or creating complex, memorable and inspirational women for all kinds of stories, from novels to radio plays and screenplays. In the second half of the workshop I will show ways of letting these women speak, in bold, brilliant and believable voices.
The workshop is free and all are welcome to welcome to attend. More details and to book here.
F= is an interdisciplinary research group based at Leeds Beckett University exploring the significance of feminism in creative practices. The group is led by Jo Hassall, Dr Casey Orr, Laura Robinson and Dr Liz Stirling with associate members including cultural workers, mothers, academics, researchers, mothers.
I will be speaking at the University of Birmingham at the inaugural event of a new B-Film series dedicated to screen adaptations of literary works. The evening is dedicated to the work of Pawel Pawlikowski and we will talk about his adaptation of my novel, My Summer of Love.
The event will be presented by Dr Andrew Watts of B-Film, University of Birmingham. There will be a screening of MY SUMMER OF LOVE introduced by Dr JOANNA RYDZEWSKA of Swansea University, author of a new critical biography of Pawlikowski. Followed by round table discussion and Q A chaired by PROFESSOR ROGER SHANNON.
The event is Thursday 3 December at the University in Strathcona LT1 5-8pm – All welcome.
I’ll be back on tour with playwright John Godber and poet Peter Sansom for more Northern Voices readings in 2016.
Sunday 7th February 2016, Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Sunday 6th March 2016, Ropewalk, Barton on Humber, North Lincolnshire
The next stop for my tour of the North, with playwright John Godber and poet Peter Sansom, is Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival on Tuesday 20 October 2016. More details and to book here.
Another date for the John Godber, Peter Sansom, Helen Cross tour. Ilkley Literature Festival are promising ‘A brilliantly entertaining afternoon of readings and conversation with a trio of acclaimed writers – playwright, novelist and poet – as they talk about their relationship with the North.’ We’ll do our best! You can book here.
Another outing for the John Godber, Peter Sansom and Helen Cross roadshow, Writing With a Northern Voice. The events have been very popular so far! You can book here.
You can listen to actress Helen Baxendale and I discussing our favourite books with Harriett Gilbert on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read here.
The selection includes a treatise on re-wilding Britain by George Monbiot (‘Feral’), a novel about the culture clash between two women from very different backgrounds, ‘The God of Chance’ by Kirsten Thorup (my choice), and an award-winning memoir, ‘The Three of Us’ by Julia Blackburn.
Carol Adlam and I are working together again, this time on a new commission for the National Army Museum. Over the next eighteen months we will write, illustrate and publish a graphic anthology of new stories about women’s experiences, contemporary and historical, in the British Army. It follows on from our previous work together, on The New Wipers Times, a graphic anthology to commemorate The Wipers Times.
My edition of BBC Radio 4’s Fact to Fiction will be broadcast on Saturday 6 June 2015 at 5.40pm. The play will be written during the preceding five days, as a response to the week’s news.