Book launch for writer-in-residence

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Carnoustie author Sandra Ireland had a big day recently with the launch of her debut novel ‘Beneath the Skin’.

The launch party and book signing, hosted by Golden Hare Books, took place in St Stephen’s Centre. The location was specifically chosen by publisher Polygon, as this dark and gripping psychological thriller uses as its backdrop the quirky streets and basements of Stockbridge.

The event drew a capacity crowd. Sandra, in conversation with playwright Eddie Small, recounted her long journey to publication and read some appetite-whetting passages from her novel. The writer, originally a correspondent for the Guide and Gazette, reveals that the publication of the book is the culmination of a journey which began some eight years ago, when she enrolled with the University of Dundee.

“Professor Kirsty Gunn came to one of our first-year lectures and spoke very eloquently about the creative writing modules on offer. I made sure that she wrote my name in her little black book, but it would be another three years before I got to attend her workshops! It was worth the wait though. I graduated with a joint MA in English and Creative Writing, and went on to study for an Mlitt, with the help of a Carnegie Cameron Scholarship.”

Sandra went on to secure a top Scottish literary agent, and a publishing deal was soon on the horizon.

‘Beneath the Skin’ tells the story of Walt, a former soldier suffering from PTSD. He finds himself drawn into the world of two very strange sisters; Mouse who’ll stop at nothing to protect her young son, and Alys, a taxidermist with a secret. Sandra’s novel is in the shops now and is available on Amazon.

Sandra is a Creative Scotland-funded Writer-in-Residence at Barry Mill and can often be found behind the counter of Carnoustie’s Fobel Shop.