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Saturday 30 August 2014

Stage star Betty publishes novel

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:28

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Betty Clarke will launch her first novel, ‘The Past is Never Where You Left it, on Thursday, February 13.

LOCAL ACTRESS Betty Clarke has added another string to her bow, and will be launching her first novel next week.

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'The Past Is Never Where You Left It' will be launched at the Drogheda Arts Centre on Thursday, February 13, at 8 p.m., and is an exciting new departure for the Marian Park woman, who made famous the stage role of 'Shirley Valentine' at home and abroad.

'I suppose the story has been going round my head since about 1986, and would be based on a number of people I knew in Drogheda back then,' said Betty, who also has a regular blog 'Betty Clarke. Stories from an Emotional Cauldron'.

'The names have all been changed, but maybe some people might recognise themselves a little bit, but it's all good!'

'The Past Is Never Where You Left It' tells the story of Michael Duffy, an internationally famous fashion designer who seems to have the world at his feet.

However, he is suddenly thrown into an emotional cauldron by the arrival of an unexpected letter in 2012, catapulting his mind back to 1986 when he and four friends escaped small-town Ireland to start a new life in London.

Betty's own career path began with the exact antithesis of her fictional character.

'After leaving the Sacred Heart school, I almost went directly into the insurance business, spending 21 years with various multi-national companies,' she explained.

'It wasn't until 12 years ago that I decided I wanted a total change in direction, and that's when I attended the Gaiety School of Acting.'

Her one-woman version of the Willy Russell classic 'Shirley Valentine' was a smash in Andrew's Lane Theatre and even as far as New York, and that was followed by a part in Fair City.

The book is priced €9.95 and will be available on the night, or in Waterstones and Amazon from Friday 14 or Kindle priced just €2.99.

Drogheda Independent

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