Derbhile Dromey will launch her debut novel The Pink Cage this evening, Wednesday, 15th at 7pm in Clonmel Library. She will also sign copies of the novel at Eason’s Clonmel on Saturday, June 25th, at 12 noon,
The Pink Cage is a novel about a love that’s not quite forbidden and a girl with hair the colour of day-old snow. The girl in question is Astrid Johnson, a 26 year-old freelance proof-reader and DJ who has eyes that do their own thing. Astrid inhabits two distinct worlds, a world of beats and flashing lights and a world of dusty books and seawater.
A cool, fearless type, she is persuaded to go on a skiing trip for the visually impaired. The night before the trip, the sexual tension between Astrid and Jazz, the man with three names, explodes. With its pulsing soundtrack and disembodied electronic voices, The Pink Cage is a novel that you can hear as well as see. If you like books that expose the extraordinary worlds hidden beneath the surface of ordinary life, you will love The Pink Cage.
Derbhile Dromey is originally from Clonmel; daughter of Rebecca Dromey, her late father Muiris Dromey (who owned the Southview Veterinary Clinic) and grandfather, Dr. Liam Dromey were well-known vets in the area. She now lives in Waterford. She writes regularly for The Irish Medical Times and The Irish Skipper.
An essay about her life as a visually impaired person, first broadcast on Lyric FM, featured in an anthology called The Quiet Quarter: Ten Years of Great Irish Writing, published by New Island.
She delivers creative writing workshops to young people in schools and to adult beginner writers. She also runs an editorial and copywriting service called WriteWords. Her short story, Gone, was shortlisted in the West Cork Literary Festival Competition and is being published in an anthology, From the Well.