Carlow Nationalist – Novel based on Carlow launched at Visual

Kathleen Murray (centre) is shown with her son Cúán and partner Karen Kiernan at the launch of her book ‘The Deadwood Encore’ in Visual, Carlow. Photo:

A DISTINCTLY Carlow novel recently launched in Visual. Local writer Kathleen Murray, in the presence of friends and family members, launched Still from Deadwood at Carlow Arts Hall.

Still from Deadwood is set in a fictional version of the town of Carlow with a distinctive local voice. The book launched to great buzz and rave reviews.

Kathleen was thrilled that the book she worked hard on was now in the wild. There has been great feedback, with Easons selecting it as one of their books of the month.

“That’s great, that’s what you want, to get the story out there and read it and enjoy it,” she said.

Harper Collins’ editor Catherine Gough spoke at the launch, along with the author’s 14-year-old son, Cúán, and Kathleen herself. The launch was also an opportunity for the Dublin-based author to reunite with family, friends and former St Leo’s teachers.

“It was very enjoyable, we had great turnout, and Visual did a really good edit,” Kathleen said.

Carlow Book Station staff sold out copies at the launch, while the book is on sale nationwide, with digital formats also available.

Irene B. Bowles