Larne author set to launch latest book

Larne author Jim Shields will launch his new collection of short stories in the town’s Museum & Arts Centre next Thursday, May 19, at 7.30pm.

In ‘Seasons of Affection’ Jim explores the cares, life’s and loves of his hometown’s inhabitants across the generations.

These are the people you could meet on any day in any town. but the folk within the pages of this book all live in the place Jim calls ‘home’ - a small, ordinary town inhabited by ordinary people, busy with the everyday task of living. Yet, within the stories that span a century or more, is a central thread of caring; for partners and children, for wider family and friends, for the town itself; its heritage and history. Each of the characters is searching for friendship, independence, affection, love and self-respect. As the seasons in the natural world transition in colour and personality, so too do the people in this town, revealing their hidden needs and selves in the pursuit of happiness.

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From tales set within the pandemic to tales from the Victorian era, it seems that the seasons may pass, but affections remain true.

JIm Shields whose new collection of short stories will be launched on May 19 at Larne Museum and Arts Centre at 7.30pm

Jim Shields, formerly Emeritus Professor of Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Ulster, retired from his academic career in 2004 and was a relative latecomer to creative writing. Seasons of Affection is his third published collection of short stories.

The launch is a free event, however, places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Larne Museum & Arts Centre.