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THE WRITE STUFF

Lisburn author coming home to speak at library's Readers' Day

LISBURN born author Trish Wylie will be returning to her home town this Saturday (May 10) to take part in Lisburn City Library's 'Readers Day'. Trish, who went to Ballymacash Primary and Wallace High School, is a successful author for romance publishers Mills and Boon. And she says her love of writing began back in the Ballymacash classroom.

"I had a teacher in P5 who had a star rating system for homework. When you collected enough stars, you got a night off homework. I was terrible at maths so the only way I could collect stars was with my creative writing homework," explained Trish.

"One of the earliest stories I wrote was about Humps who lived on a sponge island in the bathtub. My headmaster told my mum writing was the direction he could see me going in.

"I was a complete bookworm and loved reading and writing at Wallace as well," she continued.

"When I was 18 I decided I was going to be a writer for Mills and Boon but I never submitted anything so eventually I had to get a proper job.

"Then in my 30s I decided to rewrite a book I had written when I was 18 and I submitted the first three chapters and synopsis to Mills and Boon in November 2001. By April the next year the book was published. It was very quick but there was a lot of luck to it. I think I just landed on the right desk at the right time," she added.

Since then Trish has been writing for two of Mills and Boons' lines -'Traditional Romance' and 'Modern Heat' and is planning to write six books this year. Her books have been published in 24 countries in 19 different languages. Trish is looking forward to her visit to Lisburn City Library on Saturday, where she will be giving a potted account of the 100 years of Mills and Boon. "I am looking forward to it but I am a little bit nervous," she admits. "I think its because I'm coming home."

Feast of reading pleasures

FOR anyone fond of reading a feast of pleasures lies in store on Saturday in Lisburn City Library.

As well as the appearance of Trish Wylie the opening speaker of the day is the Dublin novelist Eilis Ni Dhuibhne who will be giving a talk on Books in my Life, telling of the literary works which have influenced her writing.

A fascinating insight into a neglected area of literary history will be given by Sheena Wilkinson. Sheena recently published a study of female friendships in fiction, Friends in the Fourth, and she will share the many insights she gained from this experience. Among the authors Sheena will be talking about will be Rosamund Lehmann, Antonia White and Andrea Newmann.

Poetry will be represented by two of Belfast's foremost younger poets, Maureen Boyle and Miriam Gamble. As with the other authors there will be a good opportunity to discuss their work with the poets. Finally there will he a talk by the manager of Waterstone's Lisburn, Keith Savage. Waterstone's will be providing a bookshop for the Readers Day. Keith will present and discuss some of the top books currently in book stores and what can be expected in the coming publishing season. There will be a goody bag for everyone, with free books and magazines promised.

Readers Day runs from 9.30 to 4pm Saturday May 10.

Admission is 10, including lunch, payable either in advance or at the door. Everyone is welcome but booking is essential. T 9266 9345 email: lisburncitylibrary@ni-libraries.net

Ulster Star
09/05/2008