Saturday 16 December 2017

From Gillingham to Drogheda, Helen's book promises to be a hit for the kids

Writer Helen 'Evelyn' Burke has strong local connections
Writer Helen 'Evelyn' Burke has strong local connections

If you have children in the 8 to 12 years bracket, check out a great new book by a Drogheda woman, Helen 'Evelyn' Burke.

Now based in Gillingham in Kent, she has written ''Billy's search for the Healing Well'' - an adventure book, published by Olympia.

While everyone calls her Evelyn, she was 'in true Irish fashion' christened one name and called another.

'My real name is Helen, the name I have chosen for my book. So, I'm Evelyn Burke, nee, Murtagh to my cousins in Drogheda.'

Her late father, John Murtagh, was from Priest Lane and her late mother was Bridie Coyle, from Congress Avenue .

'My dad's sister, Olive Hodgins, (auntie Olive) lives in Hardmans Gardens. Other relations from both sides, live in the Marian Park, Priest Lane, Newfield, West court and various parts of the town. I have cousins living in Duleek and Stamullen too,' she explains. She also gives a shout out to Nuala Early, a good of her mother down the years.

Although she left for England when she was two, there have always been regular visits to Drogheda and school holidays were spent with auntie Dolly and Uncle Jack in Marian Park.

Her book, she remarks, 'was finished in 2013, while travelling around Europe and Morocco in a motorhome with husband Richard, having sat on a computer for five years. We came home in the summer of 2015 to find that Olympia Publishers of London had asked for the full manuscript. 'Billy's search for the Healing Well' was eventually published this month.'

The book is set around a young boy called Billy who wakes up one day to find himself seasick on a ship in the middle of the sea, he is at a loss to know what has happened. Slowly the memory comes back into his mind, of him running away from his gran's house to travel to Ireland in search of the mysterious Healing Well....'

You'll have to buy the book to find out the rest!

Drogheda Independent

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