In search of the Shotley Bridge swordmakers: a talk by author, Helen Steadman

In search of the Shotley Bridge swordmakers: a talk by author, Helen Steadman

Tuesday 6 October at 7 pm – 8 pm

The Steel Club
36 Medomsley Road, 
Consett, Co Durham,
DH8 5HA

Entry is free, but please consider making a donation to the organiser, Leadgate Community History Club to help them continue their work. To help with numbers, please follow this link and let the organiser know you’re going.

Picture of Helen Steadman holding the sword she has made. She's wearing a white shirt with pink roses on and jeans. Her fingernails are filthy and there are small cuts all over her hands.
Me with the sword I made in 2018 (look at the hacky fingernails and the cuts on my hands).

I will read a short excerpt from my latest historical novel, The Running Wolf, which is about the Shotley Bridge swordmakers, and focuses on one swordmaker in particular: Hermann Mohll. It will be published by Impress Books on 12 September 2020 and is available for pre-order now.

The Running Wolf is a novel, so it’s a work of fiction, but it’s based on a great deal of research carried out as part of my PhD at the University of Aberdeen. I’ve been researching this book for some years now, and my research has taken me deep into the archives, over to Solingen in Germany, where the swordmakers came from, and I’ve even made my own sword!

After the reading, I’ll talk about my research findings and share some photos and video footage from my time in Solingen, Germany. There will be plenty of time to ask questions afterwards.

I’ll bring a few copies of The Running Wolf with me if you’d like one signed, but please feel free to get your own copy and bring it along with you.

Entry is free, but voluntary donations to the Leadgate Community History Club would be gratefully received by them to help them with their community work.

There’s no need to book a ticket, but please go to the event information page at this link and indicate that you’re going to help the club manage numbers.

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