Book launch

I had the most amazing time at the launch of Sea Change at Blackwell’s in Edinburgh last week. Tabatha Stirling with help from Lenny, the newest member of staff at Stirling Publishings, has turned my manuscript in to a fabulous book and made sensational cupcakes for the launch too.

There are lots of people I’d like to thank for making the evening so special:
Olga Wojtas asked a range of interesting and varied questions from the chair; music by the Vanden Family band provided an authentic ceilidh atmosphere; and the support from my family, friends and fellow writers in the audience was awesome.  Thank you all.

Sea Change is now available from your usual bookseller.65800577_343858259613057_3510271050124361728_n

Publication getting closer… and a selection of review comments

With the publication of Sea Change getting ever closer, I’m enjoying getting promotional materials in place, including these fab looking cupcake toppers. Come along to the book launch on 3rd July at Blackwell’s, Edinburgh to see (and taste!) them. (On their cupcakes of course.)DSCN2019.JPG

And in case you are wondering what advance reviewers are saying about Sea Change, here is a selection of comments on the NetGalley site:

  • It quivers with suspense…
  • I loved the ending and that the author knew when to stop, leaving just enough mystery to keep the story and the characters in our minds.
  • …the whole book crackles with energy. Loved it.
  • …touches on some very sensitive issues and handles them really successfully too.

Pre-ordering for Sea Change will be available soon!


Sea Change launch

I’m excited to share that the book launch for Sea Change will be held 3rd July 6:30pm, at the fabulous Blackwell’s bookshop on South Bridge, Edinburgh. Do register if you’d like to come along, and bring all your questions. (I’ll try my best at the event to avoid spoilers!)

Register here

Sea Change with Sylvia Hehir

by Blackwell’s Edinburgh South Bridge                 Free

Event Information


Blackwell’s is pleased to be hosting the launch of Sylvia Hehir‘s Sea Change, an edgy YA thriller that isn’t afraid of tackling tough issues.

About the Book

Struggling to look after his grieving mother, sixteen-year-old Alex wants nothing more than to leave school. All right, he made some poor decisions during the summer holiday, not least of which was getting involved with Chuck, a stranger hiding out in this remote part of the Scottish Highlands. Chuck was exciting, challenging Alex to take ever-increasing risks. But Chuck wasn’t supposed to turn up dead next to Alex’s fishing boat. With the bills mounting, Alex has to accept that he is struggling to cope. But things get even worse when his best friend goes missing.

About the Author

Sylvia Hehir is a former DFA Creative Writing student at the University of Glasgow. She was shortlisted for the Penguin Random House mentor scheme 2017 following their WriteNow Live initiative and she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award for children’s fiction. Her young adult novel Sea Change won the 2018 Pitlochry Quaich from Scottish Association of Writers and was shortlisted for Caledonia Novel Award 2017. Her radio play One Last Push featuring Gary Lewis and Sharon Rooney was broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland, and her short story A Time to Leave was longlisted in BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines and was winner of the John Severn trophy from the Scottish Association of Writers.

For more information, or if you would like a signed copy because you can’t make it to the event, please contact the Blackwell’s Edinburgh events team on 0131 622 8237 or