VIDEO: Top authors pay visit to Rothesay Library

Bute’s book lovers enjoyed a real treat on Friday when two top authors with links to the island shared some of the secrets of their craft at Rothesay Library.

Lisa O’Donnell and Helen FitzGerald read passages from their two most recent works, Closed Doors and The Cry, befor answering questions from members of the audience.

Chris Corrin from the Bute Writers' Group (centre) flanked by authors Lisa O'Donnell and Helen FitzGerald at Rothesay Library on Friday, October 3, 2014.

Chris Corrin from the Bute Writers' Group (centre) flanked by authors Lisa O'Donnell and Helen FitzGerald at Rothesay Library on Friday, October 3, 2014.

Lisa, whose debut novel, The Death of Bees, was published in 2013 to great critical acclaim, was brought up in Rothesay and chose to set Closed Doors in the town, while Helen, though hailing from Melbourne, uses a holiday property on Bute as a ‘bolt-hole’ for writing her novels, which also include The Devil’s Staircase and Dead Lonely.

In our video, Lisa describes the influence of Bute on the charactierisation of young people in particular in her novels, while Helen talks about the emotional impact of writing The Cry. More from both authors in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 9.