Welcome!

…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. I am currently working on a film adaptation of my latest novel, Spilt Milk Black Coffee for Rainy Day Films, and 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.

 

 

Writing with a Northern Voice – Tour

I’m going on tour!  Writing with a Northern Voice is an evening of poetry, prose and discussion, taking place at four Northern venues in March and April.  Join me, dramatist John Godber and poet Peter Samson as we read from our work and talk about our relationships with the North and how it has shaped our work and careers.

21st March 2015 7:30pm
Otley Courthouse
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22nd March 2015 7:30pm
Georgian Theatre Royal
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23rd April 2015 7:30pm
Selby Town Hall
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24th April 2015 8:00pm
Seven Arts
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Women, Visibility and Playful Acts 2′

Organized by feminist group F=, ‘Women, Visibility and Playful Acts 2’ is a day of talks, performance, exhibition and making with artists, researchers and writers based or working in Leeds.
Presenters include me, artist/activist Jill Gibbon, poet/playwright Rommi Smith and photographer Casey Orr. The exhibition will include work by cartoonist Jacky Fleming, posters from ‘zine Shape & Situate and new work by students in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University.

Young Writers’ Foundation Group

I’m running a series of four workshops over the coming year for young writers. The Young Writers’ Foundation Group is to give young writers a chance to develop their interests in creative writing across a range of styles and forms – from poetry to drama.

The group will be meeting from 11am – 4pm on the following dates: Saturday 10th January, Saturday 11th April, Saturday 27th June and Saturday 12th September. Places are £80 per person for the year – a limited amount of bursaries are available, please email joanne[at]writingwestmidlands.org if you feel unable to afford the cost.

How to Book:
Places must be booked through The Box, on 0121 245 4455 or you can book online or in person at The Box which is based at the Birmingham REP.

Masterclass Weekend – Beverley Literature Festival October 2014

On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October 2014 I will be running an intensive creative writing masterclass weekend with poet Antony Dunn at the Beverley Literature Festival.   The weekend will include advanced writing classes and one to one tutorials.  Places are filling up quickly, and are extremely limited,  so if you want to come do book soon. More details here.

The Manchester Review

My latest short story, Who Wants Tortoise?, is the tale of a crisis of confidence that sends a middle aged London career woman home to her parents in Hull. It  is published in this month’s edition of The Manchester Review.   You can read it in full here

BBC Radio 4 Short Story – Bristol Food Festival May 2014

I will be reading my short story, An Open Letter to Bees, at the ‘Food Chains’ event in Bristol on Sunday 4 May. This BBC event is part of the Bristol Food Festival and includes stories by  writers Helen Dunmore, and Edson Burton. All three stories are linked by the idea of food – be it ecological, industrial, social or emotional – and will be later broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets: Book tickets in advance here - some tickets will be available on the day.

Date: Sunday, May 4
Time: 17:00-19:00

BBC Radio 4 Word of Mouth March 29 2014 and Lights Down, Listen performance of Rowena The Wonderful

To celebrate the BBC Character Invasion Day on Saturday 29 March I will be jointing Word of Mouth host MICHAEL ROSEN and  ANDREW HILTON (Founder & Artistic Director of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory),  and PAUL DODGSON (Radio Drama writer and actor) to discuss what makes a really good character in a book, on the stage and on the radio. With illustrations from the BBC radio archive and live performances in the room. The programme will be subsequently broadcast on Radio 4.  The live broadcast takes place at the Arnolfini in Bristol. .  Later the same day at the Arnolfini there will be a chance to hear my radio play Rowena The Wonderful at a Lights Down, Listen event, and you can book for both these events here.

 

Arvon Course The Hurst May 2014

My next Arvon course will run at the newly refurbished Hurst from 12 -17 May 2014. My co-tutor is award-winning writer Andrew Miller.   The course is for those already writing fiction, but who wish to push their writing further. We’ll look at how attention to character, prose detail, structure and voice can make your fiction stronger.

You can book for the course here.