In this week’s Irish Post…my interview with Howth native, and first- time novelist, Helen Seymour
Hello one and all.
As I previously mentioned some weeks ago, I sat down with Helen Seymour and talked to her about her remarkable story as well as her novel ‘Beautiful Noise’, a coming of age story about three youths in early- 80’s Dublin brought together by a bus crash and who set up their own pirate station, Studio One. The book has since been optioned by Dundalk director John Moore, who recently helmed the latest Die Hard sequel, ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’, starring Bruce Willis. Dubliner Damien O’Donnell, director of ‘East is East’, ‘Heartlands’ and ‘Inside I’m Dancing’, is attached to the project. Seymour, meanwhile, is currently hard at work on a screen adaptation of her debut novel.
A former Celtic Tiger High Flyer (a term she dismisses as “bizarre”), she entered into marketing and advertising at age 21 and, over the course of the next 17 years, built up a glittering reputation in the industry through her own company, which she ran herself.
At 38, the life- long ambition to write a novel showed no signs of dissipating and Seymour left advertising and marketing, moved back in with her mum and took a job waiting tables, part- time, at the local restaurant- where she still works to this day- to focus on writing writing ‘Beautiful Noise’.
Represented by literary super- agent Marianne Gunn- O’Connor and signed by Harper Collins, she left the publishing power house over disagreements about edits and decided to self- publish through Pencil.
Lauded by everyone from Roddy Doyle and Eoin Colfer to Bono (pictured, above), Seymour’s extraordinary rise is covered in this week’s Rí- Rá: the entertainment supplement of The Irish Post.