A popular Cumbrian author is set to launch her new book at an event in St Bees next month.

Helen Sharpe, who is originally from Lancashire but now lives in St Bees, is thrilled to announce the launch of her debut young readers novel, 'Captain Black Heart & The Ghosts of Sea Cove Bay,' a 'captivating tale' woven from the real-life adventures of her sons and 'infused with a touch of pirate magic'.

Published on February 23, the book is already available online at Amazon, Waterstones, and other major retailers.

'Captain Black Heart & The Ghosts of Sea Cove Bay' takes young readers on a journey along the coastline of St Bees and Fleswick Bay, where siblings embark on a series of quests inspired by local folklore and history, all with 'a dash of pirate spirit'.

At the heart of Helen's storytelling lies a connection to family. Her tales are an ode to her father’s fascination with pirates, she said, a passion that manifested in countless hours spent playing with his grandsons.

To celebrate the book's launch, Helen Sharpe will be hosting an event on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the St Bees Priory from 2pm to 4pm.

The event will feature talks and storytelling by the author, interactive activities for children, as well as refreshments, treats and goodie bags. 

This event is an opportunity for families to meet the author, learn more about the book's inspiration and to enjoy an afternoon celebrating the magic of storytelling in the heart of St Bees.

Publisher White Magic Studios said: "A fun read, thrilling and fast paced, a story spanning generations, beautifully told. The language is apt and has good characterisation. A real reading pleasure!"

On the book, Helen said: "Sam didn’t know whether he had a special gift or not. He didn’t know whether the spirits of those yet to find their rest could really speak to him to get his help. All he knew was that he had helped lay his great, great Grandad to rest and that was enough for now."