Belfast book festival helps launch first time author Peter Waugh

 With over 100 events, many completely FREE, the fifth Belfast Book Festival, 8-14 June, is getting ready to showcase some of the biggest names in the literary world from home and beyond.

The voices of authors, poets and performers will come alive at the Crescent Arts Centre as well as other locations across the city. From young to old from first timers to late bloomers – whatever your age or level of reading interests the jammed packed programme is guaranteed to have something to encourage you to take part.

One first time author taking part this year is Peter Waugh from Newtownabbey, whose lifelong dream was to write and publish his first novel before the end of his 30th year. A full time job or the little task of completing a Masters hasn’t got in the way of Peter’s dream. 4 years ago after his new bride fell ill on honeymoon and Peter was forced to spend much time exploring New York alone, helped inspire him for the plot and characters to shape his first novel, Half Irish.

Half Irish tells the story of Tyler, a young high school graduate from New York, who comes to Belfast to spend the summer with his cousin. The book explores issues very prevalent for young people such as loss, depression, failure, love and friendship, but “It’s a story of hope fundamentally,” says the self-published author.

Peter has been confirmed to take part in this year’s Belfast Book Festival as part of a panel on the 8th June with other writers where he’ll be answering questions and sharing his own self-taught writing tips.

Half Irish is available to order now from or download on iTunes

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