I’m hitting the road to Cork to appear as a guest of Cork County Library and Arts Reader’s Day, focusing on creative librarians. I’ll be chatting with Dermot Bolger (also a former Librarian) mid-morning in Cobh Library, this Saturday, April 14th.
Guests include author, Colette Caddle and poet, Thomas McCarthy, and a number of current Cork County Library staff will also read and speak about their published works. Elizabeth Desmond, Mallow library, has been shortlisted in the “From the Well” short story competition and has published in a variety of anthologies. Micheal O Flaherty of Charleville library, has worked in Cork County Library since 2003. He has had two westerns published and was also shortlisted for the 2013 RTE Guide / Penguin Ireland short story competition. Kristin Gleeson of Bantry library is originally from Philadelphia. She lives in West Cork, where she writes, works as a librarian, plays the harp and sings in an Irish choir. She has written a historical biography and several historical novels, her most recent being , In Praise of the Bees in 2015.
I am a writer and filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland. Author of the novels LADY BETH which won the award for BEST NOVEL at the Carousel Aware Prize and ARKYNE, STORY OF A VAMPIRE, I have also written several feature-length and short screenplays including ADAM  and the multi-award winner, IN RIBBONS . I have recently written and directed FRAMED, due to begin a festival journey in 2018. I am a member of the Writers Guild of Ireland, the Irish Writers Union and The Irish Film and Television Academy.
“If you had to be stranded on a desert island with three fictional characters, who would you choose, and why?”
I love this question, posed by book reviewer Emma Moyles on her excellent blog, BOOKS AND WINE GUMS
My reply? There’s a character in my novel, Lady Beth, called Roddy (no spoilers!) and he fascinates me, so he would have to keep me company, along with Dorian Gray, so we can discuss the pros and cons of eternal life, and Mary Poppins, because she is magic, and could dig into her carpet bag for food! You can read the full interview HERE
So, with thanks to Emma for the question, who would you choose, and why?
When I was a kid, Eason was a bookstore that held treasures I wasn’t privy to. When I was a teenager, working on the other side of O’Connell Street in Madame Nora’s (I know, sounds like a brothel, right?), Eason was a bookstore that held treasures I could rarely afford. When I was a young mother, Eason was a bookstore to lose myself in. To browse in, to inhale that new book scent, to flick through the pages of text, to marvel at the most beautiful cover art and read the blurbs and author biographies, but rarely to buy. In the days before I became a Librarian, before books would become extensions at the ends of my fingers, I even fantasized about working there, but not in all me born days, did I ever think that my book would find a place on those shelves. In Eason. But there it is.
Now, Eason is a massive company, with a warehouse that bulges at the seams with thousands and thousands of books, huge boxes shoved around by forklifts on pallets to be transported, processed and distributed. I would expect that it takes some journey for one little book to find its way out to the company owned stores and franchisees, but the journey has begun, hallelujah, so here’s hoping the little book also finds its readers there!
I was very happy to be invited to write a feature for the fabulous blog, Swirl and Thread.
Read it HERE
Many thanks to Mairead Hearne. Check out her wonderful Blog!
LADY BETH (Best Novel 2017 CAP Award) is available from AMAZON, Kennys.ie, O’Mahony’s Bookstores in Ennis, Limerick, Tralee and Alan Hanna’s, Dublin.
Honoured to be featured in booksbywomen.org with my piece on writing a heroine’s journey.
I am thrilled to share some great news!
LADY BETH has won the CAP Awards NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2017
The CAP Awards, launched in 2016, aim to provide a platform to showcase the cream of Irish Independent Authors, bringing them to the attention of book shops, distributors and the media in Ireland and abroad. All money raised goes to AWARE, a charitable organisation that undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. Learn more about AWARE at aware.ie
Here is what judge, Louise Phillips, had to say about the novel… “A very worthy winner of the C.A.P. Novel Award 2017, LADY BETH by Caroline E Farrell is a thrilling journey into a dangerous world fueled with tension and high stakes. It delivers exceptional characters and terrific prose within a page-turning unrelenting story that digs deep into the underbelly of our capital city.”
It was such a thrill to accept this award, and to meet some lovely people, including my fellow shortlisted and winning writers. I am very grateful for the opportunity – and the fantastic outcome!
LADY BETH is available from Kenny’s Bookshop with free shipping worldwide. Also available from O’Mahonys in Limerick, Ennis and Tralee and from Alan Hanna’s Bookshop in Dublin and from all AMAZON Stores. See it on Goodreads too!
It’s Book Lovers Day today – and no better time to spread the book love! I have some review copies of my novel, LADY BETH to give to readers / reviewers / bookbloggers in return for an honest review.
If you are interested you can contact me via this blog, on TWITTER, on FACEBOOK or by emailing me at Farrell (dot) caroline (at) gmail (dot) com.
You can read some of the reviews I have been receiving on the book on GOODREADS HERE.
Happy Reading to all my fellow Book Lovers!!