A Celbridge writer has just launched her first book for children.
Debbie Thomas, who has worked as a journalist for BBC radio and as a journalist in Bangladesh, has been writing for some time but her new book for children in the eight to twelve range, Dead Hairy, has just been published.
It will formally launched in Temple Bar on May 7 but is currently is some bookshops locally.
Debbie, who has lived in Celbridge for six years, had tried her hand before, but this is her first publishing success.
She and here family lived in Captetown, South Africa, at one point and also in Bangladesh and Ugaanda.
She now works for a charity supporting people with leprosy and writes for various magazines.
Debbie also runs a book club and creative writing sessions for children.
Dead Hairy is the story about what happens when Squashy Grandma’s teeth get stuck in the vacuum cleaner and Abbie Hartley rings the “Very Odd Job Man.”
He arrives with daughter Perdita and dventurous Abbie is thrilled when Perdita asks for help in the search for her mum Coriander, who has vanished mysteriously.
A native of Bristol, Debbie’s husband is a lecturer in health economics in Trinity.
They live in a little grove near Primrose Hill in Celbridge.
Debbie is hopeful for the book. Children’s fiction is “very fickle” she said. There is no winning formula.
But she has some help from her daughters, Emily (12) and twins, Ruby and Rosa (9), who have cast their eyes over her work.