A BOOK by a local woman is featured in the America Writers’ Awards 2013.
Not Forgotten: The Story of an Extraordinary Irish Woman is a story by Angela Byrne that’s inspired by her own family’s history. The writer, who is also proprietor of Celtic House B&B on the city’s Michael Street, explains on the nomination website (www.americawriters.com/featured/not-forgotten-by-angela-byrne.html):
“The seed was sown 20 years ago. I had gone to visit my Aunt Kitty who lived in England. She was the only living ancestor on mother’s side of the family. When I sat down to have a cup of tea after my travels, she produced this black leather-bound notebook. She said, ‘We will write down our family history while you are here with me’.”
Not too interested at the time, with four children and ambitions to get out and travel, she nonetheless obliged her aunt.
“When I got home I put the notebook away, telling myself that I will get back to it again someday,” the author recalls. “I moved house and forgot about my notes until 20 years later. I reminded myself of the notes and aunt Kitty’s suggestion to write the book. With my guests in the bed and breakfast searching for their roots it began to haunt me.
“So I began to write and loved doing it.”