Author Eirin Tompson signs copies of her new book Notes for
the next time'
in Easons, Craigavon
A FORMER pupil of Wallace and Dromore High Schools who worked
as a journalist in Lisburn has had her first novel published.
'Notes for the next Time' by Eirin Thompson who grew up at
Legacurry started life as a 20,000 word dissertation
It was written when she took her Masters in Creative Writing
at Queens after gaining a First in Literatures in English from
the Open University.
Eirins tutors at Queens included writer Glenn Patterson who
suggested she develop her dissertation into a novel.
He also recommended her to Faith O'Grady of the famous Lisa
Richards Agency in Dublin who has become both her agent and a
Faith explained Glenn first told her about Eirin at last
year's Listowel Writers Festival.
He told me how very excited he was about her writing," she
"She had just completed the MA course in Creative Writing at
Queen's University and was finishing up her first novel.
"His enthusiasm sparked my curiosity and I certainly wasn't
to be disappointed. Eirin sent in the completed novel a month or
so later and I was really blown away by what a hilarious and
intelligent novel it was."
Faith said what struck her most was the 'absolute
authenticity' of the narrator's voice, and the "laugh-out
"It is about a married woman with children who is striving
for domestic perfection and struggling at every turn," she
"It is unique in that it isn't trying to fit into any
particular genre of fiction but creates its own quirky world
with a wonderfully funny cast of characters.
"It has been described as being a cross between Adrian Mole
and Bridget Jones and I think this captures its essence
perfectly. I am absolutely delighted to represent such a
talented Northern Irish writer."
Eirin now lives in Portadown with her partner former Star
Deputy Editor Niall Crozier who is a member of the editorial
team at the Portadown Times.
Her novel was launched in the Rushmere Shopping Centre branch
of Easons and is now available nationwide.