Photo of Helen Steadman.


I live in the foothills of the North Pennines, and I love researching and writing about the history of the north east of England. Following my MA in creative writing at Manchester Met, I’m now completing a PhD in English at the University of Aberdeen.

I’m the author of two historical novels, which are both inspired by the 1650 Newcastle witch trials: Widdershins and Sunwise. (Both novels are published by Impress Books.)

Now that my tales of the 1650 Newcastle witch trials are complete, I’m working on a novel about the Shotley Bridge swordmakers (tentatively called Running Wolves). After that, my writing will take a more mysterious turn…

I hope you find something to interest you on my website and blog.

Best wishes, Helen

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