Wednesday 26 April 2017

Comedian Julian Clary: 'I used to think my hairy neighbours were animals so I based a children's book on them'

Julian Clary
Julian Clary
Julian Clary
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Comedian Julian Clary is in town this weekend to discuss uncouth neighbours and Marlene Dietrich's silk stockings.

Clary, author of children's series The Bolds, is taking part in literary festival Mountains to Sea in Dun Laoghaire alongside Ryan Tubridy.

The Panto dame will also chat about living in playwright Noel Coward’s former country home Kent.

"I used to cycle past his house as a child and now I live in his house," he said.

Julian Clary
Julian Clary

Coward was renowned for his raucous parties.

“They all used to come over,” he said. “Joan Crawford, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich.

Once while digging up his garden he found a gossamer sticking which he likes to believe belonged to Dietrich.

"I'm going to get it DNA tested.”

Clary began writing children's book several years ago and will chat about the book at the Pavillion Theatre this evening.

“I grew up beside a family who were exceptionally hairy,” he said. “I used to think they were animals so the book is based on them”.

Julian Clary & guests at The Late Late Show
Julian Clary & guests at The Late Late Show

Hopefully his former neighbours have bought a book yet. 

Ryan Tubridy will chat about his book Patrick and The President and Joanna Trollope will also attend. 

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