Brighton author booked for City Reads

Alice Blezard February 6, 2016

The Good Son has been selected for the City Reads event, taking place as a part of Brighton Festival.

Brighton-based author Paul McVeigh’s novel The Good Son has been chosen for City Reads 2016, when the big read for adults returns to it’s cultural home as a part of Brighton Festival’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Sarah Hutchings, the Artistic Director of City Reads, said: “Choosing one book for a whole City to read, share and celebrate is a wonderful thing because it brings people together. Brighton-based Northern Irish writer Paul McVeigh’s incredible book was the perfect choice, particularly as 2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, a rebellion that led to the eventual signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the creation of Northern Ireland. I defy anyone not to fall in love with its protagonist Mickey Donnelly. He’s clever, naive and hilariously funny. I hope you love it as much as we do at City Reads.”

McVeigh is delighted to have been chosen as this year’s author, and will be speaking at Brighton Festival on May 29.

Born in Belfast, Paul McVeigh began his writing career as a playwright before moving to London where he wrote comedy shows. His short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies, read on BBC Radio 5 and commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He is also the co-founder of London Short Story Festival.

He said: “When I moved to Brighton a few years ago, one of the first things I did was volunteer for City Reads to celebrate books and get to know my new city. Who could believe that just a few years later my book would be chosen and my adopted city would adopt me right back. That it will be part of the 50th Anniversary of the Brighton Festival is such an honour. I can’t wait to get started.”

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