Saturday 23 November 2019

It's a Beautiful Day with Bono for first-time author

Helen Seymour and U2's Bono at the launch of her debut novel ‘Beautiful Noise’
Helen Seymour and U2's Bono at the launch of her debut novel ‘Beautiful Noise’

Laura Butler

SHE has rock star friends and interest from Hollywood – but novelist Helen Seymour has insisted she'll still continue her job as a waitress.

With the launch of her self-published book 'Beautiful Noise', the 44-year-old told the Irish Independent that she has not quit her job at the Oar House in Howth, north Dublin.

"I actually got the night off for my launch tonight, I'm down for a shift on Friday. I still need the money," said Helen, who gave up her high-flying career in advertising to concentrate on writing.

Success is sure to come with Hollywood eyeing the rights to her debut novel, and she already has celebrity pals.

U2 frontman Bono turned out to officially launch Seymour's novel at 37 Dawson Street in Dublin last night. Her story is set during the age of pirate radio in Ireland in the 1980s and follows the friendship of three people who come together after a bus accident.

The author previously worked with the singer and his wife Ali Hewson on the Shut Sellafield Campaign and they became friends.

The rock star was one of the first to read Seymour's unfinished manuscript, and in a touching speech praising the author's literary talent, said that her writing is utterly "believable".

"The novel is not really about pirate radio as much as it's about the ability to communicate. She's very funny, her characters are recognisable. You believe them and you miss them when you've finished," he said.

Seymour moved in with her mother and took up the minimum-wage part-time job to help her survive financially during the six years it took to write 'Beautiful Noise'.

Seymour could soon see her creation on the silver screen, as John Moore, the Dundalk-born director of the latest 'Die Hard' movie, has optioned the book.

Irish Independent

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