Forthcoming events

I’ve a few events coming up to mark the paperback release of House of Shadows, so if you happen to be around on any of the days, do come along and say hello. It would be lovely to see you!


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Wine, Women and Romance
6.00pm – 7.00pm

York Explore Library

Tickets £4 (£3 with a YorkCard)

Think you know what romance is?  Think again! Romance novels are written by women, for women, about women, and are part of a billion-dollar industry that is powered by women. To celebrate International Women’s Day, come along and meet York authors Donna Douglas, Jessica Gilmore and Jessica Hart, who between them have written over 80 books and whose romances reach readers around the world.  They’ll be challenging some of the stereotypes about romance writing and talking instead about what romance really is, about how it works, and why it is so popular with so many millions of women.  This will be a relaxed event with an opportunity to ask questions.



(This is me with my Jessica Hart hat on – although I’ll also be talking about writing as Pamela Hartshorne and incorporating an element of romance into my historical novels.  It should be a fun evening as Donna, Jessica and I know each other well – the photo is of Jessica and Donna as we met to discuss what we would do – and we’re planning a very informal, conversational event with everyone welcome to join in the chat!)



Tickets can be booked in person at any library, or phone 01904 552828 or visit




VIP Festival Launch: York Stories

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bedern Hall, Bartle Garth, St Andrewgate, York

Tickets £10

Over the years, novelists including Wilkie Collins and Kate Atkinson have set all or part of their books in York. At this special launch event for the 2016 festival, three very different novelists discuss how York has impacted on their writing. How has the city shaped their stories? What are its attractions to novelists?

Linda Grant (Upstairs at the Party), Pamela Hartshorne (Time’s Echo) and crime writer Leigh Russell (Murder Ring) will be in conversation with fellow novelist N E David.

Ticket price includes a glass of wine and canapes.

Tickets for this VIP event are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Available from York Theatre Royal, 01904 623568,




Meet the Author: Pamela Hartshorne

‘Fact vs Fiction: writing historical fiction set in York’


Norton Library

Tickets £5, including tea and cake. Available now on the Ryedale Book Festival website

Borrow a book for the library or buy your own copy and have it signed by the author. Wardle & Jones independent bookshop from Scarborough will be selling copies at the event.




Fact into Fiction: Writing about everyday life in Elizabethan York


New Earswick Bowls Club

£2.00, free to members

The meeting is open to anyone. Free parking. Refreshments available.

2 Responses

  1. Wendy Saunders says:

    Hi Pamela
    Thank you for a lovely afternoon at Norton library. I have only read house of shadows so far but was absolutely consumed by it and now am so looking forward to the rest of your collection
    A wonderful afternoon was finished off perfectly by tea and absolutely scrummy came. Thanks to the ladies who refreshed us all.

    Looking forwards to the next book. Keep them coming

    • Thank you so much, Wendy. It was a really enjoyable event, wasn’t it? Great to have such a chatty audience and interesting questions. I couldn’t agree more about the cakes, too – the lemon drizzle cake was top! Here’s to everyone at Ryedale Book Festival who made it all happen.

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