Monday 18 December 2017

Ex-commissioner O'Sullivan launches screenwriter's book

Noirin O’Sulivan with author Stefanie Preissner at the launch her first book, ‘Why Can’t
Everything Just Stay the Same?’ at Nando’s in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Noirin O’Sulivan with author Stefanie Preissner at the launch her first book, ‘Why Can’t Everything Just Stay the Same?’ at Nando’s in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Robin Schiller

The former Garda commissioner has helped launch a new book by screenwriter Stefanie Preissner.

The book, 'Why Can't Everything Just Stay The Same'?, was launched in the Nando's on St Andrew's Street in Dublin yesterday evening.

Among those who turned out for the launch was former Garda chief Nóirín O'Sullivan, who last month retired from the force. Ms O'Sullivan described how she received a letter from Ms Preissner last year, asking her to help with the launch of the book.

The idea stemmed from Ms Preissner's dream of one day becoming Garda commissioner.

"As everyone who has had the chance to read the book knows, Stef had a great desire, not just to join the guards but to go straight to the top and become Garda commissioner," said Ms O'Sullivan.

"What I didn't know, and what I didn't get about marketing books - obviously it's much better to have a used-to-be Garda commissioner than have a real Garda commissioner to launch a book," she joked.

Ms Preissner is the creator of hit comedy-drama series 'Can't Cope Won't Cope' - the show was originally commissioned by RTÉ and has since been broadcast on BBC Three.

Her new book looks at the ways in which her life has changed since the days when she spent her time eating Coco Pops and watching Nickelodeon, including her experience of social media.

Alongside her career as a screenwriter and playwright, she has won several awards as an actor. She is currently working on a screenplay for Parallel Films and is developing a TV pilot with Channel 4.

Irish Independent

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