For my 60th birthday I took my closest family — those who were able to travel abroad— away for the weekend. I wanted to visit the Alternative Wolf and Bear Park in The Black Forest, Germany, and as we were a group of six, I pre-planned an adventure packed weekend.
For the first couple of nights, we stayed in a very unusual town that I found incredibly inspiring. Bad Wildbad is very pretty, very small, and nestles in the valley of the steep pine-hills that surround it. Dotted around are chalet style buildings. The main town is two streets.
We get to know Evie as a young girl growing up in the 70s. The granddaughter of a TV star. Sharpened by cynicism and suffering from a perceived lack of love and attention, she is needy for someone charismatic to endorse her existence.
As a middle aged woman Evie observes the unhealthy relationship of a girl and her boyfriend, the son of a friend who’s house she is staying in at the time. It is the catalyst that makes Evie reflect on her own youth, and how as a young teenager, she fell for a dark, edgy girl and became sucked into a cult.
Being totally unenamoured with mainstream television I am always on the lookout for entertainment in other areas. A short while ago I stumbled across a series of tribute gigs to the living greats: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Carol King, Lionel Richie, James Taylor and Barbra Streisand, where the music legend being honoured sits in the audience whilst other great artists come on stage to cover one of their songs. It was during watching the Barbra Streisand tribute that I became a fan of Diana Krall who sang a song called Down w...
Most years I love the winner of the Bailey’s. Not the drinking competition, I mean the novel that wins the literary prize. And not the author; I’ve never met any of the authors.
Sometimes, I fantasize that something I’ve written wins the Baileys. For me, it’s just a fantasy, but for Lisa McInerney, the fantasy came true, this year, with her book The Glorious Heresies . I finished reading it a week ago and its presence has stayed with me ever since.
The story centres on the tough lives of people who live in a downtrodden district of Ireland, and is...