“I intended to write a book for a long time, ever since my late 1980s travels in the wild and fabulous west of Ireland. Finally, between the years 2008 and 2011, I did it.
The book is serious, funny, mischievous and a whole lot of other things besides. It was published in the UK this summer by a bunch of friendly fellows calling themselves Jawbone Press and is titled Adventures Of A Waterboy. I’ve spent the recent weeks giving public readings from it, and I will be reading at Town Hall in Birmingham on 17 October.
The event takes this form: first I read varied passages from the book, with the aim of enchanting you – and making you laugh a bit too – and then, after an hour, I’ll be joined by my colleague Steve Wickham, Waterboys’ fiddler extraordinaire, for a special half-hour set of songs.
After that I’ll be on hand to sign copies of the book, which will be on sale all evening. I hope you’ll join us!”