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Saturday 22 September 2018

Lithuania to Wexford for book launch

Author June Molloy at the launch of her new book ‘Guardian of Giria’ with Laura Enright and Leona Hunt of Wexford Book Centre.
Author June Molloy at the launch of her new book ‘Guardian of Giria’ with Laura Enright and Leona Hunt of Wexford Book Centre.

Maria Pepper

A new book for older children which was written by a Wexford author currently living in her husband's home country of Lithuania, was launched at an afternoon tea reception in the Book Centre.

Guardian of Giria by June Molloy is a forest animal fantasy that as well as being an exciting adventure, aims to teach readers facts about European wild animals.

June worked for 13 years with Eircom and took voluntary redundancy from the job in 2013.

After a camper van tour of Europe with her husband Arunas Vladicka, based around another of her consuming passions -food- the pair moved to Lithuania where they live deep in the countryside, growing fruit and vegetables and keeping animals for eggs and meat.

'I got my first Read-it-Yourself book when I was about five and I haven't looked back since. I think that in part my love of travel comes from this love of food - travel provided so many opportunities to try diverse and interesting foods', said the Wexford woman.

She started a blog My Food Odyssey as a way of recording and sharing the fabulous food she and Arunas enjoyed on their tour.

Since then, she has written two books, one on Lithuanian food and cooking and the latest, a novel for older children, inspired by the wildlife of Lithuania.

Guardian of Giria was published on May 8 and the official launch was held in Wexford.

June has been in contact with County Wexford libraries and a number of local schools which have shown an interest in acquiring copies of the book.

She has prepared a number of resources to use in reading groups which can be found online at guardianofgiria.com/resources.

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