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The lockdown of 2020 didn’t affect the normal work pattern and structure to Colin’s life as a writer, he continued to write everyday. Unlike many who struggled with the world’s shift, Colin continued to write and during that time completed his memoir of growing up in Bangor in the late 60s/70s.
The audience will be treated to readings from that memoir, Thunder and Lightning for the first time as it is currently unpublished. It is a personal journey of when he grew up in Wellington Park and what Colin and his friends got up to with their gang, the Wellington Boot Boys and his band, the Cardboard Memorial. It is his journey towards becoming a writer, through the early innocent days when the town was just on the outer fringes of the Troubles, through to Colin becoming a journalist on the Co. Down Spectator and the crisis that led him to realise that, in his words, ‘wasn’t cut out to be a reporter’ and then going on to start writing his first novel.
Award winning author Colin Bateman is a prolific crime novelist, children’s author, screen writer and dramatist. The series Murphy’s Law, adapted from his novel of the same name and starring James Nesbitt, ran for six years. Bateman’s The Journey was released in 2016, and his drama Driven, focusing on the DeLorean story came out in 2019. Colin’s new play Nutcase will be performed live at The Derry Playhouse and online from 24-29 August.
60 - 90 minutes
Getting to Colin Bateman: Thunder and Lightning