Busy, Busy

schull_town03Hello everyone
Hope you’re all well and happy as we head into another Irish winter – not that you’d think it, with the weather so amazingly mild and dry lately. I’ve just got back from a week in my home county of Kerry, where I visited no less than eight libraries to talk to local schoolchildren about books and reading and stories and all things literary. It was part of Children’s Book Festival which happens every October in libraries throughout the country, with the aim of promoting books to the youngsters by having them interact with writers and poets and illustrators and just anyone connected with the literary world. I love these events as they get me out and about, and back in touch with little people (since I gave up teaching I miss my little people) but I’ve got a bit behind in the writing schedule so tomorrow it’s head down and back to work.
And speaking of work, Something in Common is due out in paperback on November 1, so if you were waiting for the smaller (and cheaper) size, you don’t have long to wait. Cover is virtually the same as the big one (which I loved) just a little tweaked: Something in Common
In other news, the cover hasn’t been picked yet for the sequel to One Summer which is due out in the spring, but it will soon have a definite title – editor and I are pretty much argued out, and close to agreement! And the book after that (puff pant) is progressing nicely, and I hope to have first draft completed by Christmas. We’ll see…
I’ll be heading back shortly to one of my favourite parts of Ireland; on November 6 I’m doing a reading in Whyte Books (www.whytebooks.com) in the lovely village of Schull in West Cork (attached pic is part of Schull’s delightful main street), so if you’re anywhere in the vicinity please drop in; I’d be delighted to see you. I made the acquaintance of Sheila, the owner of Whyte Books, at an event there in September, when no less a celeb than Jeremy Irons put in an appearance. I shook hands with the divine Jeremy (those eyes!) and pestered his poor wife Sinead Cusack until she bought a copy of Something in Common. Hope she enjoyed it!
Right, it’s time for me to get into pjs and cosy up for the night with the cat. Take care, everyone – Roisin xx

About roisinmeaney

Writer for adults (general fiction) and children. Storyteller. Creative writing workshopper. Child-friendly.

Posted on October 18, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Marianne Darragh

    Little people are just great, aren’t they? I work wirh them and they never cease to amaze me! Sounds like you’ve been busy but I’m sure it was great fun touring about and spreading the word about how great it is to read. I know a huge part of my childhood was spent with my head in books and I have many fond memories as a result. Hopefully you’ve encouraged a few to take a leap into the magical world of fictional escapism 🙂
    Good luck with finishing the book. ..can’t wait to get my hands on it!
    Marianne 🙂
    Ps….Sinead would be mad not to enjoy it…..it’s a wonderful book.

    • Ah thanks Marianne, yes I loved my library sessions, my miniature audiences were full of questions like how many famous authors do I know (none), how much do I earn (not half enough) and will I put them into my next book! (I always promise to do my best with that one!) I really hope I leave some kind of positive impression on them, particularly on the ones who haven’t discovered the joys of reading…And yes, let’s hope Sinead doesn’t regret her purchase of Something in Common! Roisin xx

  2. I love Ireland! I went to Ireland last year with my husband and am lucky enough to say that my daughter will be escorting me in less than a week for two weeks of romping around all over the lovely green emerald! We are celebrating Halloween by taking a Ghost Bus Tour in Dublin! We will be in Cork (east Douglas) on Nov 1st. I have ancestors from the city of Cork and hope to find my Irish roots and see how far back I can trace them. I hope to show her Limerick and Tipperary as well. Excited, thanks for letting me share this! 🙂

    • Dana, hope you have a lovey holiday, delighted to hear that you love our little country. Bring the winter woolies, it could turn cold in the space of a few hours – and the brolly, of course, for the wonderful Irish rain! (Great for the complexion, so turn your face up and taste the raindrops….) Will you still be around on November 6? If so, you MUST come to Schull and find me in Whyte Books! Roisin xx

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