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Arts centre writer launches her debut novel with Bridgwater party
2:16pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in What's On
A TITILATING debut novel from Bridgwater Arts Centre’s writer-in-residence gets its official launch this week.
Sinead Gillespie, BAC’s in-house writer of four years, said she was “gobsmacked” to have had her first-ever work of fiction, entitled ... but i love you, published after winning a place on a publishing programme and competition.
Inspired by years of living in Brighton, …but i love you is a “sexy, warm and challenging” story of two women falling for each other amidst the highs and lows of human relationships.
Sinead told the Mercury: “It’s a coming-out story from two different angles. The younger woman knows she’s gay, she knows what she wants, and she’s building up the courage to start going out, meeting people, and telling her parents. Then she falls for an older lady who’s never been with a woman before but really falls for this girl. I’m having quite a big poke at prejudice.
“All the other chapters are about all the other people they encounter along the way. Things like, your best mate coming out and saying, ‘but, I love you!’ and ruining the friendship.”
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Sinead became the arts centre’s resident scribbler after moving to Somerset five years ago, from roots in law and academia via teaching and drama school.
She lives with her son and husband in Lower Weare near Axebridge.
Sinead is based at BAC from 10am-3pm on Thursdays for members of the public to chat to her about her work and discuss their own ideas.
The launch of …but i love you is at 8pm on Thursday. Copies are available from Indigo Dreams Bookshop, Amazon or Waterstones in paperback or download.