How To Be Brave Book Launch

Debut novelist Louise Beech has launched her first book How To Be Brave at Hull Central Library last night.

The delightful new girl on the potential best-seller block was supported by several friends and family, including her daughter who provided the inspiration behind the novel, and her husband as well as publisher Karen Sullivan from Orenda Books.

The book, which has been greeted with critical acclaim, tells the true story of the authors grandfather’s survival in a lifeboat drifting at sea for 50 incredible days, which saw 12 of the 14 occupants who clambered into it not make it home in 1943.

This book though offers up a second true story, based around her own struggle to get her daughter to take her life-saving diabetic medication, by promising her a story before she would take it.

Add into the mix a story of a book bringing family members back together after decades apart and you have a true fairy-tale like story of epic proportions which must see this book gain the success it surely deserves.

Speaking personally I must say I’ve known Louise for some years now through her involvement with Hull Truck Theatre and the fact that, like me, she is also a playwright, and you can trust me when I say that nobody deserves the success she is enjoying now more than her.

With her effervescent personality, her winning smile and her magnificent writing she has a definite star quality about her that just exudes lovability and star quality.

When she was asked where she saw this leading in a year from now our delightfully bubbly center of earned attention joked about going to Hollywood, but it did leave me wondering if that might be the next stop for the girl from the next UK City of Culture, let’s see what happens next!!

Louise Beech Book Signing

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Tre Amici And Friends At City Hall

Hull City Hall was the venue for another superb evening of entertainment involving Hull Daily Mail Search for a Star winners classical group Tre Amici.

The group, made up of tenor’s Leroy Vickers, Martin Jackson and Mike Thomas, invited friends like Gemma’s Dance Academy, Craig Harper, Grand Theft Audio, Michael Sharpe, All For One Choir and special surprise guest Rebecca Newman and the evening was compere’d by Lee Kamen.

Jodie Watson also graced the stage among others who made cameo appearances on the evening.

Behind the scenes it was all frantic hard work as sound tests were undertaken first and then the performances started to a sell-out audience while backstage was a hive of activity.

Definite highlights were scattered throughout the all-star line-up with, particularly, memorable performances by Craig Harper, Michael Sharpe, Gemma’s Dance Academy and the All For One Choir.

With a powerful line-up to follow the main attractions took to the stage after the interval as the headline act were ushered on in dramatic style, after an opening set they were joined by the All For One Choir who brought another genuine sparkle to the stage.

People’s Soprano Rebecca Newman was next on to treat us all to a stunning rendition of the title track from her album Dare To Dream which last year made her the first ever unsigned artist to reach number 1 in the classical album chart with a performance which made the hairs on the back of the neck stand on end.

Highlights among these three magnificent acts included performances of Nessun Dorma and then Time To Say Goodbye as this truly wonderful evening was brought to a resounding and genuinely uplifting conclusion which will live long in the memory for all who were lucky enough to be there.

All For One Choir Changing Room 1 Changing Room 2 Light Show Rebecca Newman after show Rebecca Newman City Hall Sell Out Audience Sold Out Audience Tre Amici On Stage With All For One Choir