Launch of new novel for Sinead

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

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.word­ or fol­low her on Twit­ter @SJO­Hart

ABOVE: Sinead O’Hart; be­low: her de­but novel, ‘The Eye of the North’.

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