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By Helen Steadman, Oct 3 2017 07:44PM

Hello all,

On Saturday, I drove down to a beautiful part of the world - Bakewell in the Peak District. I'd been invited down to read from my historical novel, Widdershins, and to talk about witch trials.

The Bakewell Bookshop is a small, independent bookshop in the centre of Bakewell, and if you're passing through (and even if you're not), I strongly recommend a visit. As well as an excellent selection of books and an enthusiastic and helpful staff, there is also a cafe serving the most amazing looking cakes!

It was a small audience, and I am thankful to each and every one who came for braving the elements and coming out to see me. We talked about witches, witchfinders, witch trials, and whether the devil really ever sat on the church spire in Chesterfield and made it crooked. (Definitely worth a look!)

As an added bonus, I came away with a lovely gift from the bookshop - a large Bakewell pudding, which was gratefully eaten for breakfast by the resident pudding monster.

Thank you to Emma and to all the lovely ladies who came along for making me feel so welcome, and I do hope you enjoy reading Widdershins.

(All photos courtesy of the Bakewell Bookshop.)

Best wishes, Helen

By Helen Steadman, Jul 30 2017 10:00AM

This autumn, I'll be visiting the beautiful Peak District to talk about my novel, Widdershins. As well as unwrapping Widdershins to read a chapter, I'll also be talking about witches, witchcraft and witchfinders.

Come along to The Bakewell Bookshop in Matlock Street, Bakewell to find out more. Or, click on the events section of my website for more details.

If you're on Facebook, you can sign up for the event on my author page. See you in September!

Best wishes, Helen

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