Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha'

James Linnane, one of the members of the Boyne Writers Group has just published his book, The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha'. James explains in his introduction that Gotcha was Dublin slang for a security guard used in many working class areas of the city where they worked and patrolled 24 hours a day. This book, based on actual events, tells hilarious stories from the years James worked in that trade. It's full of crazy mad events many of which were the result of boredom in what was often a mind numbing job.

We in the group have heard some of these stories in early drafts and indeed James thanks our group for their advice and criticism in the book. James is also one of the three regular readers at the weekly Knightsbridge Home poetry readings. Recently he has read from the book and his stories caused great amusement. Well done James.

James has the distinction of being a member of both of the rival writers groups in Trim, ourselves and the other one. This can bring problems when he is trying to decide which team to join for the annual Battle of the Books.

Copies of the book can be purchased from the website or directly from James at jameslinn48@gmail.com

James will be at the Noel King Boyne Readings and Open Mic this Thursday and can probably be persuaded to read a page or two of his book in the Open Mic. An added reason to attend.


Mari G said...

Congrats & good luck to James on his book, a great achievement. Boyne writers going well!

Michael Farry said...

Thanks Mari. We keep trying!

James said...

Thanks Mari and Michael from James