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Local author publishes thriller book on 'The Pope & The Pigeon'
Former Lurgan Mail deputy editor has just finished his eighth book and it promises to be an exciting read...
by Carmel Robinson... Thursday 2nd April 2015
Waringstown author David Stokes has published his eighth novel - The Pope & The Pigeon, an international thrille set mostly in Venice and Vatican City.
David, who is a former Deputy Editor at the Lurgan Mail, started his writing career in the early 1980s while working in our local paper.
A talented news man, he continued to write when he moved to become duty news editor at Downtown/Cool FM.
In his latest book the Italian city of Venice is on lockdown ahead of the first official visit of Pope Fabian, but little did he or his security advisors know that dark forces were planning an agenda that would result in mayhem and murder on a scale they had never before encountered. Nor did Fabian know that a humble pigeon might be his saviour.
"I suppose I am trying to do for pigeons what WarHorse - the book and movie - did for horses. Two of my earlier novels, The Icelander and the Hunt for Black Friday, are currently being translated into Chinese."
88 author Albert McAuley is latest to be courted for big screen
By David Whelan, Belfast Telegraph – 22 April 2014
A Hillsborough author could be the latest Northern Ireland sensation to capture the hearts of global audiences on the big screen.
Albert McAuley has been approached by a number of high-profile production companies to write a screenplay of his newly released hit book 88.
But as Northern Ireland rides on a wave of film and television success – with shows like Game of Thrones and Good Vibrations attracting a global audience – Albert says he is not rushing into any rash decisions.
"I can't believe how well my first book has been received and while seeing my work on the big screen would be a dream come true, I've always had in my head that this story was a trilogy," he said.
88 focuses on marine biologist Dr Eva Ballantine and her discovery that takes her into a dangerous world of multinational drug companies.
"Once I had the idea for a storyline I needed a location and why not Northern Ireland?" Albert said.
"It's a great location. As we can see from the sheer volume of successful books coming from Northern Ireland, this place is ideal for telling a great story."
Albert said that his book was maybe being a bit too familiar for some of his readers.
"I've been contacted by quite a few people asking me why I have written a book about them," he joked.
"You'd be surprised with what people associate with, there were researchers from Queen's University wanting to know where I got my information and a triathlete who firmly believed one of the characters was based on her, even though I'd never met her."
Trip Down Memory Lane with New Book
(Carrickfergus Times newspaper, February 2015)
A former Carrick trader is turning out to be a prolific writer with her second book in less than a year now published.
Shirley Gault is the author of ‘Reflections Two,’ a collection of poetry and short stories. It follows on from the first volume in the spring of this year.
Shirley, who ran the well-known ‘Gaults of Woodburn’ store said that to ‘have one book published this year was one of my wildest dreams, but now having two in print is just amazing.’
A Poetess of Distinction
(Carrickfergus Advertiser, July 2008 by Jim Parkes)
I find Shirley Gault’s style of expression to be refreshingly original, with scarcely a trace of tired cliché or hackneyed phrase.
Her feeling for and felicitous use of language creates vivid imagery. Each poem is a reflection or insight of a world and way of life that is virtually gone.
The overriding moral of her verse that shines through for me is the supreme value of the love of family, friends and nature over material possessions. Many of them moved me deeply.
Northern Ireland and Scotland provide the backdrop to a new collection of writings from a Carrickfergus author.
Shirley Gault’ revisits the 50s and 60s in ‘Another Time, Another Place & Other Short Stories’. The volume also includes a short autobiography, ‘The Warder’s Daughter.
Pointing to importance of research in developing her latest ideas, Shirley took a trip to Scotland. She was also happy to receive input from publisher, David J Publishing, in the process.
“I have had rough drafts for two of the stories done for a few years and had originally thought they would have been two novels, but both Another Time Another Place and The Warder’s Daughter turned out to be novellas,” Shirley told the Times.
Second Volume of Writing by Former Trader
(Carrickfergus Times newspaper, December 2013)
“To try and stretch them into novels by adding to the word counts would not have enhanced the story lines. The publisher came up with the idea of a book of short stories. The Warder’s Daughter gave me a lot of pleasure writing it as it brought back a lot of memories and was set in 50s - 60s Belfast. Going to Scotland to verify aspects of Another Time Another Place was also very rewarding.”
She also offered words of help and encouragement to others on a literary journey. “My advice to aspiring writers: write within your knowledge and for your own pleasure, getting published will be a bonus. Trying to get published can be very frustrating but keep trying.”
‘Another Time, Another Place’, by Shirley Gault, is available on Amazon and at Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre shop, Antrim Street.