Rothesay Library played host to author Bernard MacLaverty on Wednesday evening, where the BAFTA-winning author enthralled the audience was two excerpts from his ‘Collection Stories’ novel.
The Belfast-born author moved to Scotland in 1975 with wife Madeline and his four children, and worked as a medical laboratory technician, before beginning his career as a writer during his time as an English teacher.
Reading from ‘Collection Stories’, Bernard recounted one particular story called The Clinic, which told the story about from the narrator’s point of view of attending an appointment for the first time at a diabetic clinic. His observations, interspersed with sections from the narrator’s novel he brought along for the waiting room, made the experience a very real one.
Bernard was an extremely likeable character, often going off on wee tangents with snippets from his youth, many of which grew a fair chuckle from the audience, who hung on his every word and anecdote.
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