A Novel Approach

 

Writers’ Centre Norwich, who oversee the Escalator Scheme of which I am part this year, have uploaded to their website an excerpt from my recently completed novel, ‘The Hole in the Moon’. To access it, please click HERE

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Synopsis: Dan P. Power is a self-loathing Irish dwarf who, as a child, fell from a tree and flattened his younger brother. With a life so luckless, no one should blame Dan P. for snubbing society, employment or for whiling his time away in Dublin’s pubs – least of all his dwarf girlfriend Stella, his parents or his therapists. They should leave him alone. He’ll stop drinking when he meets ‘the one’, everyone does.

And he meets her, Dora, a beautiful Hungarian masseuse who concocts strange herbal brews. Dan P. is so enraptured that he makes a pilgrimage to a mysterious ‘sheila-na-gig’ carving on land his father has acquired on Trafadden Island, to seek help with the conquest of Dora. Dan P. soon learns that Dora has abruptly returned to Hungary, however. Undeterred, he elects to go in pursuit of her, leaving Stella heartbroken. 

Dan P. doesn’t like abroad. It’s too hot, all wrong and Stella isn’t anywhere to help; she won’t even answer her phone. Aid eventually comes via three old eccentric sisters: a flower seller, a beggar and a bee-keeper. The trio lead him to a castle where Dora is being held by the enigmatic guru, Wolfgang Attila, the leader of a strange cult. Thus, gathering all his courage and honing his circus skills, Dan P. sets about rescuing Dora, with a number of unexpected outcomes…

‘The Hole in the Moon’ is a humorous Magic Realist tale which weaves redemption plot and love story.

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About suehealy

Award-winning Irish writer/playwright Sue Healy’s work has been supported and developed by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Arts Council England. Her full-length stage plays include Cow (Etcetera Theatre, 2017) and Brazen (King’s Head Theatre, 2016), funded by Arts Council England. Sue’s work has also been performed at the Finborough, Arcola, Hackney Attic and Sterts theatres, and at festivals including the Claremorris Fringe (New Writing Award winner), the Brighton (Sussex Playwrights’ Award winner), the UEA Contemporary European Drama Festival, Norwich. December 2017 will see her work showcased at the Criterion theatre in London. Radio work includes nine plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (Opening Lines winner), WLRfm and KCLR96fm. She has been a finalist for BBC Scriptroom 12, Eamon Keane Playwriting Prize, Nick Darke Award and the Old Vic 12 New Voices. Sue's prose has won the the Molly Keane Award, HISSAC Prize, Escalator Award and has been published widely. Sue has been writer-in-residence on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, and at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island. She has also benefitted from juried artist residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and at Ginestrelle, Assisi in Italy. Sue is a UEA Creative Writing MA alumna. She spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. She is currently London-based, completing a Ph.D. on the Royal Court Theatre. Sue is an Associate Lecturer in Playwriting at the Universities of Lincoln and Portsmouth, and tutors Creative Writing at City Lit. She is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre. View all posts by suehealy

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