Book of short stories set in the 1980s will be launched in Clonmel

Book of short stories set in the 1980s will be launched in Clonmel

Brianna Boyle and Harry McMahon pore over Shelliky-Booky Land, a collection of short stories.

Just in time for Christmas, ‘Shelliky-Booky Land’ slides home to the town that inspired this collection of short stories.

The book will be officially launched in the Library in Clonmel on Wednesday next, 7th December at 7pm.

Local performers will assist the author, Newcastle’s Louise Garcia, in bringing some of the book’s scenes and dialogue to life. Retro-themed refreshments are also promised to chime with the book’s setting of South Tipperary in the early eighties.

‘Shelliky-Booky Land’ weaves abundant detail of life in Clonmel 35 years ago, with original fictional narrative. Readers experience the town and locations like St. Patrick’s Well and The Comeraghs through the eyes of six children.

The book will provide enjoyment to people aged 8 to 108 but will be particularly treasured by those with a grá for South Tipperary and an interest in local social history.

All are welcome to come to the book launch. ‘Shelliky-Booky Land’ will jog the memories of older folk and open the eyes of the young to a world where children played outside all day, were never short of companions and had a level of freedom unknown today.

For those who cannot make the launch party, ‘Shelliky-Booky Land’ can be found on the shelves of local libraries, at The Book Market in Market Place and in The Late Late Store in Irishtown.