SKIBBEREEN author, Caragh Bell, is planning a real community celebration to mark the launch of her new novel Echoes of Grace.
The book – her fourth – has been published by Poolbeg Press and is a love story featuring Caragh’s fictional creation, Aurora Sinclair, a woman who dreams of becoming a famous actress.
On Friday, January 11th, Field’s of Skibbereen will be hosting the celebration for all of Caragh’s family, friends and well-wishers between 7pm and 9pm. Caragh teaches English and French in the Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty, but manages to find time to be a Game of Thrones super-fan, and a mother of five.
To date, she has had lots of success with her other novels, including the Follow Your Heart trilogy, which was also published by Poolbeg. Caragh started out by self-publishing her novels, but she quickly attracted the attention of the popular Irish publishing house and was signed up to an enviable six-book deal.
‘I’d been writing on and off for years,’ said Caragh, ‘so when Poolbeg signed me up, I was thrilled because it is with the help of their editor that the trilogy was re-released.’
Caragh believes teaching is the best job. She said: ‘I love the kids I teach and I enjoy it immensely. And, you’ll hate me for saying it, but the holidays are great too.’
Echoes of Grace tells the story of the ill-fated Grace Sinclair who was the darling of the theatre scene in the eighties.
Young and dazzling, Caragh said she gives it all up to marry the playwright Henry Sinclair, who is thirty years her senior.