A Belfast-born and Donegal based writer has released an intriguing collection of short stories based on his life during the Troubles.
Sean Stewart, who is now retired in Donegal, put pen to paper to recount his life growing up in Belfast during the 60s and 70s. That life wasn’t all bombs and bullets, doom and gloom.
In ‘Never a Dull Moment’, Sean looks back on the events of the period, big and small, national and local – through a collection of captivating short stories based on real events.
From “special buses” in Belfast to a magical “field of dreams” in Donegal, Sean conjures a time gone by with charm and often hysterical humour. He tells stories about life on both sides of the border, raising a family, emigration, mental illness, adoption, sudden death and tennis – yes tennis.
Never a Dull Moment is a love letter to an almost forgotten time but never forgotten people – truly a story of life, love and above all laughter.
Sean Stewart was born in Belfast in 1949 to parents who both hailed from Co. Fermanagh. He moved with his young family to Donegal in the early 80s and had a long career as Human Resources Manager with Abbott Donegal. His wife Mary was a Public Health Nurse in the county for many years. Now retired, they spend their time between Spain and their adopted Co. Donegal.
The title of the book comes from what Sean’s wife Mary said to him as they walked down the aisle in 1976: “Darling you will never have a dull moment,” she said. He didn’t have long to wait.
His stories recall the unique challenges, unforgettable characters, determination and love he encountered as a young man coming of age in a troubled time and he draws a fascinating picture of the places and events that shaped him and made him the person he is today.
The book cover artwork is by local Donegal artist Daniel O’Toole.
Never a Dull Moment is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Never-Dull-Moment-story-laughter-ebook/dp/B08PVVLLKYTags: