Bonnybridge’s Helen is the Talk of the Toun

Helen MacKinven releases Talk of the Toun with a launch night in BTW
Helen MacKinven releases Talk of the Toun with a launch night in BTW

Helen MacKinven will realise a life long dream next week with the launch of her debut novel, Talk of the Toun.

Helen, from Bonnybridge, is a maths tutor but after years of writing short stories, she undertook a masters in creative writing and then got to work on her novel.

And Helen draws some inspiration from close to home for her tale of two teenage girls in the 1980s and the moments that test their friendship.

Helen (47) said: “As the saying goes, you write about what you know, so I’m sure a lot of Falkirk bairns will recognise the places and people in the book. St Paddy’s school draws on my time at St Mungo’s and the nightclub Mistique is very similar to the Maniqui.”

The characters live in Bonnybridge, where Helen grew up, and the author admits she based some of their traits on people she knows.

She said: “ A lot of books are set in glamorous location and I felt there wasn’t much that represented my adolescence. I need to stress I didn’t get up to nearly as much as my characters but I draw from experiences and Bairns can relate to the scenarios of growing up in a working class town.”

Helen will launch her book at Behind the Wall at 7pm on Wednesday, October 28 in conjunction with Waterstones. All are welcome to attend to hear extracts from the book and buy a copy.