Nobel Laurete launches new book December 21, 2001
NOBEL laureate, John Hume, has hailed Culdaff writer, Hazel McIntyre as a tremendous ambassador for Inishowen. Speaking last Saturday night in the Tulnaree, Camdonagh, when he officially launched Hazel's latest novel, "Secrets on the Breeze", Mr. Hume said no-one had done
more to promote Inishowen than Hazel, through her outstanding work as an author.
Mr. Hume, who himself has close associations with Inishowen as his father and grandparents were all born in the peninsula, said that Hazel, through her novels and short stories, was promoting the community and country she grew up in to an international audience. In particular, Mr. Hume, congratulated Hazel for her work in forging links between Inishowen and Canada and he read a message of congratulations to the Culdaff author on the publication of her new novel from Bill Gusen, charge d'affaires at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin.
Messages of congratulations were also received from singer, Daniel O'Donnell, Canadian writer, Anne Brennan, who attended this year's Macklin Autumn school in Culdaff and Denis Noel the New Brunswick archivist who has helped Hazel forge such strong links with Canada Hazel expressed thanks to her family for their continued support to her and said as always, the opinions of those who read the new novel would matter most to her.
She revealed that an early draft of "Secrets on the Breeze" had been lost on a computer and when she came later upon some of the chapters that had been saved, she decided to have another go at writing the story.
"Secrets of the Breeze" is a follow-up to Hazel's hugely successful first novel, "For Love of Mary Kate" which was chosen by "Women's Way" magazine for its Millennium edition, and the Culdaff author entends to write a third novel in this compelling series. Entertainment at the book launch was provided by the Inishowen Traditional Music Project and by singer,