Underneath the Tree
It’s been a little while since my last post but lots has been happening over the summer and I’m delighted to now be able to share the cover of the Christmas anthology I mentioned in my last blog. Entitled Underneath the Tree the book will be published by Sesheta in November and features new writing from Northern Ireland, with a great mix of genres. The cover was created by Design for Writers and both Kelly Creighton and I are very pleased with how it all turned out. We hope you like it!
The book features short stories from the following NI writers: Gary McKay, Angeline Adams and Remco van Straten, Eddy Baker, Stacie Davis, Morna Sullivan, Samuel Poots, Sharon Dempsey, Stuart Wilson, Jo Zebedee and Simon Maltman, with all proceeds from e-book and paperback sales being donated to the Simon Community NI and the World of Owls NI. Underneath the Tree is funded, with thanks, by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Small Grants Programme, supported by the National Lottery.
Giant’s Causeway Book Club
Since I last posted here we’ve had two more Zoom book club meetings, which is working well for our group as ‘you know what’ continues. Both our July and August books (Eva Luna by Isabel Allende and Pet by Akwaeke Emezi) went down well with everyone and we had some interesting discussion around both.
Our September read is a non-fiction travel book by writer, broadcaster and adventurer, Leon McCarron. Although now based in London, Leon’s from the North Coast of Northern Ireland so it will be great to read all about his experiences in the Middle East in his book, The Land Beyond. There’s still time to read it before we meet, so if you’re interested, then go get a copy!
Novel number three…
Aside from the above, I’ve been busy planning a new novel for adults (my first) and have now returned to my third middle-grade manuscript, so I can do a final final (final!) edit to that before publishing it at long last. I’m currently planning to publish it early next year so I’ll keep you posted on that!
Other than that, I’ve been reading some really good books over the past few months, including two recent prize-winners – Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist which just scooped the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing and Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet which just won the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Both are from Northern Ireland which is also pretty brilliant (Maggie was born in Coleraine near where I live, in case you didn’t know).
Some other great reads have included The Wych Elm by Tana French, Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell and The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.
Anyway, that’s all for now. More as I have it. 🙂