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Why writer Kate may change her name

AUTHOR Kate Thompson is about to release a historical novel -- and may change her name to Beaufoy for the work.

"I met my agent in London last week, I have the novel finished and it's ready to go. It's a completely new departure for me, so I have been thinking about writing under Beaufoy, my grandmother's surname."

The former Glenroe actress, who discovered that she had cancer after a routine breast check appointment in St Vincent's Hospital in 2010, said she has been given a clean bill of health. "I'm back hill walking regularly, that is a big passion, so I'm as fit as a fiddle."

And the chatty personality, who is best known to television viewers as Terry in Glenroe is now a scriptwriter for Fair City.

"I started it last August. I've written a few now and I've been commissioned to write another. My episode won't be screened until the autumn, but it's been a fantastic experience for me.

"It was strange the first day I went out to the Fair City set, having acted on the show before. At the production meetings, actors sit on one side of the circle and production on the other. I felt I was in the wrong place ... but I'm much happier as a writer now."

Thompson will appear in a RTE documentary series next week, entitled A Story With Me In It.

She said filming the programme, in which she helps Kilkenny native Noel Phelan to overcome his literacy problems, was an amazing experience.

"I've been reading since I was four; I'm privileged to have had a world of books surrounding me all my life. I hadn't realised beforehand how difficult it can be not to have that. A whole new world gets opened up."