Launch of new novel for Sinead
GOREY native Sinead O’Hart will launch her novel ‘The Eye of the North’ in Ireland next month.
Following its success in the US and Canada, the Irish launch will take place on February 8, at Eason’s, O’Connell Street in Dublin.
It is primarily aimed at readers aged eight to 12, but Sinead hopes it will appeal to just about everyone.
Sinead grew up in Gorey, but now resides in Enfield, Co Meath with her family. Books have always been a comfort to Sinead throughout her childhood, but her path to becoming a writer has not been an easy one.
She is a past pupil of Bunscoil Loreto, the Loreto secondary school, and later Gorey Community School. She studied English and history at UCD, followed by an MA and then a PhD in medieval English literature.
She worked at a local butchers and at times she believed her dream would never become a reality. This being the case, Sinead decided to channel her passion for reading.
She has poured all of her skills and knowledge into her debut novel and it is a testament that you should never give up on your dreams.
Sinead said ‘The Eye of the North’ is her first published novel. The book was presented at the Children’s Book Ireland conference in September and she entranced listeners with her wide ranging knowledge of books.
The main character, Emmeline Widget, is a gutsy, adventure-seeking heroine with quick-wit and a strong sense of self. Her blunt, no nonsense humour is funny and endearing to the reader.
It tells the story of young girl Emmeline who, when her parents vanish mysteriously, is sent packing to France to live with a guardian, a person she has never met. On the way, she gets kidnapped and taken to Greenland where she discovers she’s part of a dastardly plot to take over the world.
Sinead said she hopes to do some launch event in Gorey after the release in February in Dublin. She is now working on a second novel but said it is not a sequel.
Sinead has a blog sjohart.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @SJOHart
ABOVE: Sinead O’Hart; below: her debut novel, ‘The Eye of the North’.