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Helen Forbes

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Contact: info@scolpaigpress.co.uk
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English
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I'm an author and a lawyer, living in Inverness. My thriller, Deception, which is set in Edinburgh, was published in January  2022.  Unravelling was published in July 2021. A dual-time frame novel, it is set in Inverness, and features the iconic former psychiatric hospital, Craig Dunain.   
I also have two published police procedural crime novels featuring DS Joe Galbraith. In the Shadow of the Hill and Madness Lies are set in Inverness and the Outer Hebrides. Both areas provide a stunning backdrop for the sinister events in the novels.

I hope to publish my Edinburgh-based thriller,  Queen of Grime, in 2022.

I have also written contemporary fiction, historical fiction and short stories. I'm very interested in island communities and the Gaelic language.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Talk

Audience can work with

Care-experienced people; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Historical fiction; Island communities; Mystery & thriller

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500