Kirkland releases his new novel

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LOCAL writer Kirkland Ciccone is looking forward to the release of his first novel for young adults.

Kirkland, who grew up in Carbrain and has previously devised some theatrical shows about the town, wrote his novel, Conjuring the Infinite, which is being published by Strident and will be available from May 1 in paperback and e-book formats.

“How would I describe it? ‘Sorcery and murder at a youth offender institute,’ said Kirkland. “How would my publisher describe it? ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest crossed with The Blair Witch Project,’ or ‘The Breakfast Club Vs. Lucifer,’ which both tell you everything and nothing! It’s a whodunit focusing on the character of Seth Kevorkian (it sounds like the name of a teenage warlock, doesn’t it?) who is so sick of his own life that he makes a pact with an entity from the higher dimensions. Haven’t we all considered doing that from time to time? The structure is very fractured, a narrative jigsaw which eventually locks together. It invites a second and third read so you get everything out of it. It’s a dark book but told in a light way with lashings of my own humour. It’s a tale soaked in blood and Irn-Bru. With this book I wanted to bring witchcraft and terror back into the home...which is where they belong, actually.”

The book is already available for pre-order from Amazon and Waterstones. Also, on May 11, Kirkland will be returning to his old stomping ground of Cumbernauld Theatre with a new one-man show entitled Irritable Vowel Syndrome, a humourous look at his lifelong love of books and his efforts to secure a publishing deal. Tickets, £8, can be purchased from the box office on 01236 732887 and this event will also incorporate a book signing.