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Thanks to the lovely Gemma Hepworth for inviting me on to her show at That’s Manchester TV. It was great chatting about books, writing and the lives of women in wartime. I enjoyed every minute of it!

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1940s Event

Great day on Saturday in Heywood,  Lancashire at the annual 1940s event. The streets were packed with people in 1940s dress including lots of school children. There were WW2 military vehicles and a spitfire. Lovely to meet so many people – special thanks to Mike, Sharon, Pat, Simon, Jessica, Dean and everyone at Roch Valley Radio.



Photo by Damian Smyth

Photo by Damian Smyth

Logo book fest


‘Literary Late Bloomers’ – with Helen Nicholl and Peggy Hughes discussing  writing, publishing and the benefits of being older!

OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH – NI War Memorial museum

There was nowhere more fitting to launch a book about a Belfast family in the war years than this fantastic museum. The story of the city through those momentous times was all around us – the blitz, the role of women, the arrival of the Americans and above all the courage and tenacity of the people of Northern Ireland. The Golden Sisters and, of course, Martha would have found it both familiar and exciting and I’m sure they would have been happy to join Noreen (Sheila’s daughter) when she took to the stage to sing some songs of the period ‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree’ and ‘Sentimental Journey’. Many thanks to the museum and Blackstaff Press for a wonderful evening.

You can click on the link below to see the museum website and the small display of Golden Sisters photos and the scrapbook that inspired the novels.

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Thanks to the staff at Belfast Central Library for their warm welcome and to everyone who came along to spend a wet Monday evening with me. The library is celebrating 125 years of lending books to the citizens of Belfast. I remember being taken to the library when I was a child of 3 or 4 and being amazed at all the books and at being allowed to borrow one to take home.

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Martha’s girls return in a new poignant wartime story of love lost . . .and found.

It’s 1941 and the German bombs are falling on Belfast. Martha and her girls face danger, hardship and difficult decisions.

My latest novel ‘The Golden Sisters’ will be launched in Belfast on Thursday 12 March 2015 at the NI War Memorial WW2 Museum.


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