Cork is set to star in a graphic novel, with the launch of The Ghost of Shandon at the City Library next week. Created by Kilcully illustrator, Alan Corbett, the novel is based in 18th century Cork city, when the French Huguenots, Dutch merchants, British landowners and the local Irish made Leeside the second largest port in the world. The plot features two children, Ronan- who lives in a lighthouse in modern day Castletownbere, but moves to the city when his father loses his job- and Aisling- daughter to a Dutch merchant family on Tuckey Street in 18th century Cork. When the duo meet, then their adventure begins.
The author says he was always intrigued by graveyards and found Halloween more fascinating than Christmas. “Creating an adventure, a fairytale based in my home city of Cork brings many of my interests together. Illustration and writing have always been a huge passion in my life and my ambition was to re-create historical Cork City as this magical place, full of unique characters,” he says.
The Ghost of Shandon will be launched Saturday, August 11th at 2pm and is priced at €14.99.