Caroline Busher

Posted by Sue Leonard on Wednesday 19th October 2016

An only child of Irish parents, Caroline has always written. But her first job was as a housing officer in Manchester, allocating properties to people.

“I like to be involved in the social aspects of life.”

In 2002 Caroline moved to Ireland because she wanted a more creative environment.

“I met my husband the year I moved here, and then we had children, so it was a while before I wrote seriously.”

Gaining various literary awards, and short and long listings in competitions, gave Caroline the confidence to commit to writing.

“I wrote the first draft of my debut in 2015, during my MA.”

A curator of Wexford Literary Festival Caroline is Reader in Residence at Wexford County Council Library Services.

Who is Caroline Busher?

Date of birth: 5th August 1978 in Manchester.

Education:  Blessed Thomas Holford, Manchester. St Bedes for A ‘Levels. University College Dublin:  MA in Creative Writing.

Home:  Enniscorthy, County Wexford.

Family: Husband John, an artist, children Fiachra, 12, Caoimhe, 11, and Tiernan, 7.

The Day Job: Fulltime Writer and teacher of creative writing.

Interests: Theatre. Singing with the Choral Society in Enniscorthy.

Favourite Writers:  Flannery O’Connor; Claire Keegan; Flaubert; Bram Stoker; Mary Shelley; William Blake.

Second Novel: The Girl Who Ate the Stars coming out next year. Set in the second world war, it’s influenced by a Russian folk tale.

Top Tip: “Keep writing and reading. If something doesn’t work the way you planned, try something new.”

Web:    Twitter: @carolinebusher

The Debut: The Ghosts of Magnificent Children. Poolbeg: €8.99. Kindle: €4.52. 

It’s 1848, and four children are captured to work at Badblood’s Circus. Twins Archie and Millie Luxbridge were born of privilege; Ginnie and Theo had lived on the streets; but all have unusual, but valuable talents.

The children become stars of the circus, until they become emmeshed in a dark plan. 100 years later, their ghosts appear on an Irish Island.

“As a child I was fascinated by the industrial revolution. I wondered what it would be like to be a child then, forced to work. The children in my book have hidden special talents. I was inspired by children whose disabilities are hidden; with dyspraxia or dyslexia.”

The Verdict: An original, highly imaginative tale with gothic overtones, for the over tens.

Published in The Irish Examiner, 15th October.

© Sue Leonard. 2016

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