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Stephanie Head
Yapton, West Sussex

I came across a book by you which you signed for my mother many years ago. It inspired me to read your books. My mother ( Trudy Watson) died a few years ago but I just wondered if you remember her? She was a mature student at Queens and lecturer at The former Rupert Stanley College.

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I am sad to hear about the death of your mother. I do remember her. She was a mature student and attractive and affable and as a group we all had many’s a coffee in the Students’ Union. My friend Anne also remembers her as very energetic. She says, ‘There were four mature students in our year in the Department of English – us two, Trudy and a rather posh older woman whose name I can't quite recall. I've a feeling that Trudy's son married a Chinese woman who became better known as Anna Lo, now president of the Alliance Party, though I couldn't swear to it. (I've just checked – Lo's married name was indeed Watson.)

Good to hear that you are reading the books. There is another one just out called ‘Midwinter Break’. There's a picture and some information at the front of this website. It is about an older couple who go to Amsterdam for a long weekend in January and discover things about each other. All the best to you.

Margaret Capozzolo
Bethlehem PA USA

I have just finished reading Grace Notes and am so filled with emotion that tears are
rolling down my cheeks. I am crying because I'll never actually hear the musical
composition that concludes the book. I'm crying because your words have created
such a longing in my soul that I can hardly bear it. I'm crying because you have made
me realize the faith and the grace with which I have been showered and how they
enable me to appreciate the loveliness you have created.

Like you, I am 74 years old. Unlike you, however, I realize that I shall never be able
to voice the intensity of experiences that have been the music of my life. Thank you
and bless you for using your gifts to the benefit of readers like me.

With affection to you, Mr. MacLaverty
Margaret Capozzolo

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Dear Margaret,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me. And to read Grace Notes with such intensity.

I have a new novel 'Midwinter Break' coming out next month in the USA from WW Norton.

I hope you read it and get as much from it.

We 74 year olds should stick together

All the best,

Sheena Bradley

I wondered if you would be
doing readings in the U.K.
this year? for the new book
publicity. Contemplating
going to your session at The
Homeplace SHeaney centre
in August, (still have family
nearby) but obviously would
rather see you in uk as I live
Big fan. Loved Grace Notes,
Cal, and Matters of Life and
Death - liked all I have read
in fact!

Sat, 27 May , 2017 Modify (Protected) Remove (Protected)


Thanks for all that. Have a look at
'Upcoming Events' at this website to see if there is a suitable one for you.

All the best


Kathryn Gray
Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Your books are so real and your observations of people so sympathetic. Having
originally heard about your books on the radio, I read them and I was transfixed, I
have laughed and I have cried, you have put so much of your self in to them and
they have really spoken to me. I thank you for writing for all of us as I think we can
all recognise ourselves in your books. Thank you PS Would love an autographed
photo if possible
Best Wishes Kath Gray

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How very good of you to write with such kind words. In August this year I have a new novel 'Midwinter Break' published.

All the best to you

Whitney Carlton
Brazil, Queimados

Wow, such a good web page.

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Aidan Bunting
Omagh, County Tyrone

One of my favourite books is The Anatomy School as it brought back so many memories of attending secondary school in Belfast in 1960s. There are parts of the book that still make me laugh no matter how many times I've read them. It's like being transported back to another world & Its like Bernard was in my school and logged loads of things that happened. That's the sign of a brilliant writer. Also loved Cal and Lamb. Keep up the good work.

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Thanks Aidan for taking the time to say this.
Ashlee Rader
Belgium, Ampsin

I have been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

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I agree. Thank you.
Alexandra Campo Iraolagoitia
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nothing less than in love with Secrets, a very short story that made a deep impact on
me and my students alike. Thank you for it.
Still at odds when it comes to defining style. Any help from the horse's mouth?

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Linda MacFadyen
near Newcastle

Heavens, 33 years since I did your publicity for CAL! Hope all is well with you. Lindax

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33 years are as a snap of the fingers to me. Hope you are well and working


Just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed reading Cal. I'm in the process of becoming a primary teacher, and in order to get on a PGDE course need to make up for not doing English Lit back in the day (1989!!!).

It's the first time I've critically read a book, and in re-reading and analysing Cal I'm amazed at just how much more there is in the novel than first meets the eye. As a story I loved it on the first read, so much so that I was guilty of glossing over so many subtle touches in my eagerness to find out where Cal’s story took him.

I can't speak for your motivation in writing the book, but it has definitely opened my eyes to the reality of life for many Catholics living in Northern Ireland in the '70s and beyond. Your book inspired me to gain a much deeper understanding of the Troubles and the centuries of history that preceded them. It has been an absolute pleasure to read and study.

Thank you.

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It's kind of you to take the time to write such things about Cal. Thank you.

Good luck with getting into the primary teaching. I too became a mature student in the 70's and went on to teach secondary school. Gruelling enjoyment.