"Debut For Debbie..."
This time last year, I saw Jimmy McGovern " in conversation" with fellow writer John Oakden. We heard a superb reading of " Under Milkwood" which featured a talented sprinkle of locally based actors. SO I went along today for the opening of Malfest 2012. AND I wasn't disappointed.
FIRSTLY lunch in rather a swish marquee. This was followed by a lively talk from writer Deborah. Her 1st book" Disappearing Home" was published in March by Tindal St Press.
AND after hearing a juicy portion of it, I'm itching to read more...
Debbie would be first to say much of this novel echoes her own life. It tells of Robyn, who lives in a Liverpool tenement, who has hard times at home, who fears her abusive dad, but adores her darling " Nan". We meet her as she nicks tinned salmon/coffee...on parental orders...from her corner shop. AND throughout, says Debbie, she creates pictures of a community she knows inside out.
Fellow writer Alan Bleasdale calls it " a remarkable first novel". Jimmy McGovern says:" It's wonderful and compelling" and he " can vouch for its authenticity". Clearly this is a warmly welcomed debut.
SO YES, tomorrow I'm tapping into Amazon to order my own copy...
ALSO enjoyed in the marquee: a vivacious talk re Klimt from Adrian Sumner and in the Old Fire station Bistro: talks re writing from John Oakden and Diana Mather. A lively 1st day for Malfest.
See more re **MALFEST ( Malpas arts /Literay Festival, May 31st to June 3rd) at http://www.malfest.com/