Exciting times for two local writers
It is all happening for Wexford Literary Festival this week with chairperson Carmel Harrington launching her fourth book The Things I Should Have Told You which has already been chosen by Easons as one of their Books of the Month and committee member Caroline Busher receiving the news that her debut novel The Ghosts of Magnificent Children has been chosen for a major project called Battle of the Book.
The Things I Should Have Told You will be launched in Dubray Book Shop on Grafton Street this Thursday September 15 by well-known author and actress Claudia Carroll and here in County Wexford in the Book Centre, Wexford on Friday September 16 by the former Mayor of Wexford George Lawlor.
The Things I Should Have Told You was published on September 8 and is already receiving rave reviews from authors like Hazel Gaynor describing it as 'a wonderfully life-affirming, heart warming book. Carmel Harrington writes with such honesty that you would have to be made of stone not to laugh and cry along with the Guinness family on their European journey'.'
Representatives of Carmel's publishing house Harper Collins will be present at the launches as will Carmel's American agent Tracy Brennan. There will be giggles, gin and great craic, along with book signings and some musical entertainment and there is an open invitation to all and sundry to come along and join Carmel as she celebrates the launch of her fourth book.
The Battle of the Book will be launched this week in Swords Castle and is a collaboration between Fingal Libraries and Dublin Airport who have selected The Ghosts of Magnificent Children by Caroline Busher to be read by children in primary schools across Fingal. Each child will receive a copy of the book and Fingal Libraries have arranged an exciting programme of events for the students. At the end of the three month reading period a section of Dublin Airport will be dedicated to The Ghosts of Magnificent Children and there will be a final battle between the schools involved with a quiz in Dublin Airport.
Caroline says that she can hardly contain her excitement with copies of her book already arriving in Fingal Libraries to be shipped out to schools and the book is not due to be launched until October 11. So how good is that!
Amazing things happening for our local writers here in Enniscorthy and Wexford and for our Wexford Literary Festival and on behalf of the Festival Committee I would like to congratulate both writers and wish them well them every success with their books.