Book Week NI: library promo events for the Blue Man
This week, Libraries NI are celebrating Book Week by promoting a love of reading, in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland. Events will be running all week from Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd October.
While I stopped by Belfast Central Library on Monday to return some books, I decided to check in on my own novels, only to find out that they had all been borrowed! I’m delighted that people are borrowing and reading my books. Luckily for me, I always carry first chapter samples of my work, as you never know when a promotional opportunity might arise. Thanks to one of the lovely library staff for taking this photo next to the Halloween display.
It has been a busy week for me. I have also had another promotional library event with a book signing for The Blue Man in the run up to Halloween. It turned out to be quite atmospheric too with the rain drumming on the stained glass windows of the beautiful, historic library – perfect for a horror novel.
If you live in Northern Ireland and are celebrating Book Week NI, you can find out more from Libraries NI about events on near you.
Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry.
In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books.
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