For Skye’s newest author, launching her first book from the stage at Aros in Portree will bring back memories of a time when her life and the world around her were somewhat different.
Deirdre Coghill took the stage as a schoolgirl, in her own words “pretending to be a good dancer with SkyeDance.” Life has certainly taken some turns for Deirdre since then which are revealed in the title of her book, Growing Up Pregnant. Moving to Glasgow to study after leaving school in Portree, Deirdre soon came up with the eye-catching phrase, ‘From Party Time to Nappy Time’ which she is happy to have associated with her young life.
Her book, Growing Up Pregnant, published under her new name, Deirdre Curley, is a refreshingly honest and reassuringly funny account of her teens and early twenties in Glasgow and back home on Skye. Deirdre said, “I’m really excited to be coming home to Skye to be part of this fantastic festival. Although the book’s purpose is to support new mums, a lot of my memoir belongs to the Island, reflecting back on my childhood, and my desire to leave for Glasgow to become an actress at 16.”
Deirdre finds herself in distinguished company this year at The Skye Book Festival as her fellow authors will include Ian Rankin and Graeme Macrae Burnet, both established international writers. Those who attend this year are in for a selection of treats with book signings and launches of new books. Deirdre Curley said “This will be the first opportunity for anyone to buy the book ahead of its official release date of 14th September and the first time I’ll be out talking about the book so I hope it’s as entertaining as some of the content in it. It’s a real pleasure to have been asked and I really hope people enjoy it.”
Referring to her schooldays appearance on the stage in Aros, and her efforts at being a good dancer with the local group SkyeDance, Deirdre added ruefully, “Hopefully I’m a better writer than I was a dancer!”
Deirdre’s event, chaired by local GP Dr Stephen McCabe, will be on Friday 1st September at 11am and tickets can be booked at Aros, with advance purchase recommended for this event.