november 2020

wed18nov5:00 pm6:00 pmCaimh McDonnell: Stand-Up, Sit Down, Write A BookIn Conversation with Dave Cohen5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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With Covid throwing stand-up comedy into crisis every former working comic is writing a book: unless you’re a familiar panel-show face how can you hope to compete? By publishing it yourself of course.

Caimh McDonnell was a stand-up and TV scriptwriter for 13 years before he switched to writing words in between where the actors spoke and quickly became a best-selling novelist. His debut novel A Man With One of Those Faces was nominated for best novel at the 2017 Independent Author CAP awards, and his book I Have Sinned was shortlisted for the 2019 Kindle Storyteller Award.

He joins former stand-up and TV writer Dave Cohen (Comedy Store Players, Have I Got News For You, Horrible Histories) to discuss self-publishing, how to do it and why you have to change your name ever so slightly in the process.

The Stranger Times by CK McDonnell is published by Penguin in January 2021; How I Invented Alternative Comedy And Other Delusions by David J Cohen is published in March 2021.

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