Friday, November 19, 2010

Grainne Toher at Boyne Readings

A well attended Boyne Readings last night and an accomplished reading by Grainne Toher from her first novel Comings and Goings. After the usual colourful introduction by our chairman Paddy she started with a short introduction telling us how she came to write her novel and how it got published. Exactly what a room of writers want to hear.

Then she read three chapters from the novel. The 25 chapters in the book are short, each with a brief title often a person's name. The three chapters from near the beginning of the book set the scene and introduced the believable modern characters "as they tackle romance, broken hearts, babies, careers and recession." Third person narrative, simple direct language, lots of short sentences, convincing dialogue read in a easy comfortable style made it an enjoyable session.

The Open Mic which followed with the usual great variety of material and approach concluded a very enjoyable evening. Except for the tea, coffee and trademark Knightsbridge biscuits of course.

Orla and Frank both attended , read and took photographs so I expect them to blog it as well.

Picture: Grainne with our chairman, Paddy.

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