Mary Irvine’s Blog: Michael J Malone at Book Week Scotland 2018
A very appreciative audience enjoyed an entertaining two hours during the recent Book Week 2018 when the Helensburgh Library played host to poet turned novelist Michael J Malone.
He spoke of his early writing life and the benefits of joining a writers’ group for support and encouragement, as well as offering critiques. Having had many poems published – Art in the Park and Bards in the Bog both drew laughter from the audience – he moved on to writing novels which was what he really wanted to do.
His latest book After He Died revolves round the idea of how well do we know the people close to us. A flavour of the book was shared with readings introducing the two main characters – both female. He then introduced us to earlier novels and spoke of how he dealt with ‘hard’ themes and social issues without overdoing it.
Instead of the usual Q&A at the end of the talk Mt Malone requested questions be asked throughout his presentation. This worked well, not being intrusive but complementing the talk.
During Book Week Mr Malone raised money by swimming a total of 500 lengths in local swimming pools for Break the Silence – a charity that works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and rape.
This section: Books, Talks, Poetry Events, Mary Irvine: Writer and Philhellene
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- Mary Irvine’s Blog: Ashurbanipal
- Richard Holloway ‘Waiting for the Last Bus’ review Mary Irvine
- Look Who’s Talking Now with Des Dillon
- Helen Fitzgerald and Doug Johnstone at Waterstones Sauchiehall St
- Book Launch: ‘this exquisite corpse’ Tawnya Renelle
- Some Distant Day with Cheeky Besom Productions
- Dialogue: Niven Govinden and Season Butler
- Robin Lloyd-Jones ‘A life in books’ Helensburgh Library
- Aye Write presents Paul Mason
- Glasgow Writer: Mary Irvine
- Henry Bell, Booked Festival 2019
- Micaela Maftei and Laura Tansley Collaborative Writing Workshops
- Margaret Atwood – Live in Cinemas
- Polly Clark, Booked Festival 2019
- Dialogue Road Show
- Anne Donovan Scottish Writers Centre
- Kathleen Winter, Creative Conversations
- Thoughts and Reflections in Poetry and Song with David Nicoll
- Crossways Irish Scottish Cultural and Literary Festival Roseanne Watt & Kate Newmann