On Saturday 21st September, I took myself off on an adventure to the suburban area of Rathmines in South Dublin.
The reason for the adventure was the launch of Cecelia Ahernâ€™s latest book called â€˜Postscriptâ€™ which is the highly anticipated sequel to her debut novel called â€˜PS I Love Youâ€™ which hit the bookshelves 15 years ago,
The event took place in the picturesque Stella Cinema, an Art Deco theatre that wouldnâ€™t look out of place in F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, with its exquisite lighting and opulent interiors.
Lucky attendees of the event were treated to a healthy and scrumptious breakfast of pastries, Greek yogurt with granola and a cheeky glass of Prosecco before settling down in the cinema to watch the film adaptation of â€˜PS I Love Youâ€™ starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.
With a box of salted popcorn for company, I settled down into the leather armchair and joined the rest of the audience on the heartbreaking story of Holly and Gerry on their tragic love affair, I laughed, snorted and cried along with everyone else as a dead Gerry urged Holly to step out of her comfort zone through the medium of letters.
Once the film was over, we enjoyed a Q&A with Cecelia and IMAGE magazineâ€™s group brand director of Rosaleen McMeel. Cecelia talked about her writing journey and how her story has helped people deal with grief and loss. She admitted that she cried ugly tears whilst writing the book, so Iâ€™ll have that to look forward to when reading the book next and her main splurge when writing is a Jo Malone candle that accompanies her through the writing process of each book. Warm-hearted and funny to listen to, Cecelia had the audience in the palm of her hands when she revealed the exciting news that Hilary Swank had emailed her wanting to read â€˜Postscriptâ€™ and after reading it, is fully on board to bring Holly and Gerryâ€™s love back to the big screen, as well as interest from Nicole Kidmanâ€™s production company to bring â€˜Roarâ€™ to life, which was a collection of short stories.
After treating her fans to one novel a year for the past 15 years, Cecelia is taking a well earned break from writing as she prepares for the imminent arrival of her third child.
A huge thank you to Harper Collins Ireland and IMAGE magazine for the kind invite as well as the goodie bag of a copy of â€˜PS I Love Youâ€™ with customised tissues and the latest issue of â€˜IMAGEâ€™ magazine. A Morning with Cecelia Ahern was organised by An Post, sponsor of the Irish Book Awards.
You can buy ‘Postscript’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.