The perk of being an author is that I get asked to deliver informative and inspirational talks and debates.
Usually it’s topics relating to my research and writing on modern relationships (the first two books!) or inspirational talks on going from city girl to hardened endurance athlete. I’ve also given entertaining talks about my journalism experiences and workshops on pitching stories to the press.
If you have your own ideas, feel free to contact me.
This Girl Ran: From Party Girl to GB Triathlete
Helen’s inspirational and witty talk is based on her book This Girl Ran. She tells the story of breaking away from a glamorous lifestyle of cocktail bars and high fashion and toughening up through outdoor sport.
It all began when she joined a running club because she need alternative social activities to drinking! At her first race she didn’t even own a backpack so she turned up with her kit in a designer tote bag. Driven by a thirst for new activities and friends, Helen took on increasingly tougher endurance challenges until in 2015 she qualified to represent GB in her age group at World Championships Triathlon.
Her talk is funny and inspirational and proof that anyone can break through personal barriers. This talk will particularly resonate with women who don’t consider themselves tough or sporty.
How to Pitch to the Press
Helen has 15 years experience as a journalist across multiple media platforms including radio, television, newspapers, magazines and digital so knowing what makes a story is instinctive to her.
As a journalist and producer, she’s seen every type of pitch from PRs and entrepreneurs vying for publicity, but only a handful are successful. Using real-life examples from her experiences working in-house at places like ITV News, Mail Online she shares what different types of media want in a story.
As an author and TV commentator, she’s often the one vying for publicity herself. She pitches stories, comment piece and TV appearances to different media platforms daily. Her latest book secured coverage in The Telegraph, Express, Huffington Post, Woman magazine, Health and Fitness Magazine, Sky News and that was all down to effective pitching. In this session Helen shares the tools and insights on when, how and to whom to pitch a story.
As the author of two successful memoirs and one narrative non-fiction title, Helen shares her strategies for plotting, writing and pitching a manuscript.
There is more to writing a memoir than telling a true story. Through her own examples and those of other well known memoirs, Helen unveils techniques for channeling complex stories into meaningful story arcs, suggests ways to make a story more commercial and summarises essential legal issues in writing memoir.
This session is based on her popular memoir writing course which she teaches at City Lit.
Screw The Fairytale: The New Rules of Modern Relationships
Based on her second book Screw The Fairytale: A Modern Guide to Sex and Love this thought-provoking talk questions whether life-long full-time relationships are still realistic in the modern world.
In her book, Helen set out to explore alternative relationships to conventional marriage to ask what works. She visited a polyamorous commune, she interviewed couples in open relationships, joined a networking group of sperm donor mothers who had given up on men and interviewed life-long singletons, a-sexuals, married couples who live apart and those in submissive-dominant ‘contracts.’
Using witty anecdotes from her own interviews and experiences, the latest figures on fidelity and marriage and theories from psychologists, anthropologists and philosophists this talk will get everyone debating.
Helen has talked on this topic for Intelligence Squared, How the Light Gets In, the Women’s Institute and several supper clubs.