Thursday, 26 June 2014

Fennymore and the Brumella

Here's a review I wrote for Inis






KIRSTEN REINHARDT
ILLUSTRATED BY DAVID ROBERTS
TRANSLATED BY SIOBHAN PARKINSON
FENNYMORE AND THE BRUMELLA
LITTLE ISLAND 2014 130pp (PBK) £6.99 ISBN 978-1-908195-85-2

Fennymore Teabreak has more challenges in his life than most boys his age (he's around eleven but can't be sure.) His parents have mysteriously disappeared and he's left in the 'care' (we use this word with caution) of an eccentric Aunt Elsie who has a penchant for salted dachshund which has disastrous consequences. We immediately warm to him and his friendly bicycle and worry about his predicament. Throughout this zany book, we meet a plethora of odd characters who seem intent on making life difficult for Fennymore but like all good protagonists he overcomes his problems intelligently and finds a great female sidekick called Fizzy to truck along with. The narrative is smooth and well paced with plenty of humour to keep a younger reader engaged. Reinhardt certainly knows how to spin a good yarn and conjures a very vivid picture of Fennymore's world. The language is fluid and crystal clear and thanks to Parkinson's expertise doesn't feel like a translation. To further our view of things, each chapter is punctuated with one of David Robert's visual delights. His exquisite, hand executed style matches the text brilliantly and the result is both atmospheric and soulful. Luckily, an excellent designer was on board to enhance subtly so the book as a finished product works extremely well. Overall, a thoroughly good read but sometimes we crave for something ordinary to contrast the extraordinary (8-12yrs.)
SADIE CRAMER

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Writing at The Irish Writers Centre

Wednesdays just won't be the same without the regular jaunt to Dublin each week. Just wanted to say a huge Thank You to the extremely talented, generous, wonderful, amazing (I could go on...) Nessa O'Mahony who delivered two engaging courses at the Irish Writers Centre. She's a superstar amongst tutors who brought us on a very fulfilling journey, encouraging us to move out of our comfort zone and take that leap into unknown territory. It was an absolute pleasure and a privilege and I'd do it all again in a heart beat. Just have to get down to the serious business of writing now ;-0


Mmm, very serious writing