Brilliant British Novelist to Read at Moss Memorial Library March 8
If you enjoy reading about World War I and II, wounded spies, stalwart heroines and evocative English, Paris and Los Angeles settings, you will be delighted with David Andrew Westwood’s presentation. Now a Hayesville resident and an American citizen, David comes to us with an impressive bibliography — 17 historical novels available on Amazon, and ten other publications on subjects as diverse as cats, love, dating and self-respect. His novels evince a clear and polished style, chapters carefully constructed for suspense, a Shakespearian grasp of character, and a detailed depiction of war environment.
Westwood said that he was born and brought up in London, his father and uncles serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He trained in graphic design at St. Martins, and left for Los Angeles in 1972, working as an illustrator there until 2019. He wrote his first novel at 16, but says it was pretty bad, and later even the shredder didn’t seem to like it. As a teenager, he had to choose between graphics, his band, and writing, and graphics was the only one that paid. But he kept writing with various short stories and articles, and in the 90s wrote and illustrated 7 humor books that were published both in the UK and the US. He returned to writing novels at 55, and since then has written 17. He prefers historical fiction, and his themes tend to be war and how civilians deal with living through it. One of his books has been awarded the gold star by the Military Writers Society of America, two the silver, and one was Book of the Month. His latest book is a romance set in the Elizabethan era, The Sea Denied a Sailor, available on Amazon.
Some of his novels include Belmedon, 1914, Denderbeck, 1915, Tullykillane, 1941, Mossingdene, 1944.
David’s presentation will take place Wednesday, March 8, at 10:30 in the Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville, N.C. The event is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the presentation. Bring a poem or short prose piece of about three minutes to participate. Coffee With the Poets and Writers is sponsored by North Carolina Writers’ Network West which also includes writers in Towns, Union, Fannin and Rabun Counties in Georgia.
We will meet every second Wednesday at 10:30 from March to December 2023. Masks are optional.
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