After two months since its launch – and a whole host of events, from talks and screenings to quizzes and essential whiskey-tasting – Sunday afternoon saw City Reads 2016 come to an end with one final stop on our journey with The Good Son: author Paul McVeigh in conversation with fellow Brightonian, writer Laura Lockington at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre. Throughout the discussion and post-conversation Q & A, Laura and audience members questioned Paul on his inspiration for the book, the extent to which it might be considered autobiographical, and especially what it was really like growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland as a young boy.
Following on from a couple of lively and humorous readings from the book by Paul –and amid a lot of laughter – Laura and the audience managed to tease from the author just how much of himself he saw in Mickey; how many of Mickey’s experiences in the book are based on his own; and one (potential spoiler!) savvy audience member even got Paul to explain what was meant by that ending! Like City Reads itself the hour-long event was over too soon, but fortunately Paul stuck around for an informal chat afterwards with attendees who wanted to hear a bit more – and get their book signed whilst they had the chance! For those of us who still haven’t
finished The Good Son we have that, at least, to look forward to. For everyone else – we hope you’ll be around to join us for City Reads 2017; the wait until next year starts now…
John Attridge, City Reads Volunteer