Au­thor’s hu­mor­ous tales hit the shops

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

AN as­pir­ing au­thor has writ­ten his first book.

‘Our Doris’ is a col­lec­tion of 10 mono­logues fol­low­ing the es­capades of a 72-year-old woman named Doris, and told from the point of view of her hus­band.

Charles Heath­cote, 22, wrote the col­lec­tion, draw­ing on in­flu­ences from his grand­par­ents and the peo­ple he met dur­ing vol­un­teer work with Age UK East Cheshire.

Charles, who lives at Danes Square with mum Cathy, dad An­drew, brother An­drew and sis­ter Jes­sica, said: “The book is en­ti­tled Our Doris and is writ­ten as a se­ries of ten mono­logues fol­low­ing the es­capades of a 72-year-old woman Doris, told from the point of view of her long- suf­fer­ing hus­band ‘Arold.

“This first book sees her as she tries to be­come fifth house in the gar­den sa­fari that’s be­ing held by her town’s WI.”

Charles, a for­mer Mac­cles­field High School and Puss Bank Pri­mary School stu­dent, works part time for Age UK Cheshire East in Con­gle­ton af­ter volunteering with the group for many years.

He added: “A lot of peo­ple are sur­prised when they re­alise I’m 22 and I’m writ­ing about an old cou­ple, but peo­ple have of­ten said I’m quite ‘old headed’, and I have just writ­ten about what I know about but from the per­spec­tive of an older cou­ple.”

Charles stud­ied cre­ative writ­ing at Manch­ester Metropoli­tan Univer­sity and is the sec­re­tary of the Mac­cles­field Cre­ative Writ­ing Group.

He added: “The book prob­a­bly goes against ev­ery ‘rule’ I was taught at univer­sity, but it’s also what I con­sider my best piece of writ­ing.

“There’s an al­most con­ver­sa­tional style that I think was inspired by my grand­par­ents and how they tell their sto­ries.

“I’ve al­ways been a lover of com­edy like Last of the Sum­mer Wine and at univer­sity heard the Talk­ing Heads se­ries by Alan Ben­nett and these re­ally inspired Our Doris.

“I’m not com­pletely sure why I wrote the book other than re­ally I was writ­ing it for my­self and for the peo­ple at the Cre­ative Writ­ing Group be­fore it ex­panded into a novel-length piece that I de­cided to un­leash upon the world.”

Charles, who has set his tales in a fic­tional ver­sion of Mac­cles­field, said he has good feed­back on the book and plans to re­lease more books about Doris’s es­capades. He said: “I’ve had some quite good feed­back. I did a writ­ers’ fo­rum a month or so ago and some­one said it was Cheshire’s an­swer to Peter Kay, which was good to hear. Usu­ally I get a few laughs from peo­ple.”

Charles’s book launch will be held at Mac­cles­field Li­brary on Satur­day, June 20, be­tween 10.30am and 12.30pm. He will be read­ing ex­cerpts from the book and selling copies. You can also or­der copies from Ama­zon and Water­stones.

●● Charles Heath­cote will launch his col­lec­tion of mono­logues (inset) at Mac­cles­field Li­brary on June 20

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