Local man launches first book
Former Newry man Michael Sands has expressed his delight after releasing his first novel. The book, entitled ‘Nut Hollow, the Knife and Nefarious’ is described by Michael as a “children’s Celtic fantasy”. Sands’ inspiration for the book came from his childhood days spent in Mayobridge as he explains, “We would spend summers at my grandparents house near Mayobridge and all of us who stayed there were warned well in advance not to go near the Fairy Thorn at the top of the lane for fear of terrible luck. Well, that warning stuck and from then on I had an interest in Celtic mythology”.
The book had its successful launch several weeks ago in Ballycastle, where Sands now lives. Sands, speaking about how the story began to take shape, added, “I went for a walk one day down the field just opposite the house and came upon a beautiful little hideaway spot. It had a small bridge with a river running beneath and was curtained on each side by Hazelnut trees. In the river lay many large boulders and moss covered stones. I thought then that if the fairies would live anywhere it would be here. And so after many visits to what is now known as Nut Hollow the story began to emerge. Now it’s ready”.
Details about the book and how to purchase it can be found at www.wix.com/divilthebit/nuthollow
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