Between the many events surrounding Where the Bridge Lies last month, it’s safe to say Frank Woods has been a busy man!
Returning to his hometown of Bowling on 13th March, Frank commemorated the Clydebank Blitz at the Bay Inn by reading from his debut novel Where the Bridge Lies, alongside selling signed copies. On the 20th March, Clydebank Library were gracious enough to offer a wonderful evening to similarly commemorate the Clydebank Blitz; supplying some of their own photographs to demonstrate events in the novel. It was at this very library that Frank did most of his research for the novel, so being able to return with the finished product was a particularly special opportunity! Not stopping to catch his breath, Frank then performed at Glasgow’s Aye Write festival at the Mitchell Library on 24th March, wrapping up his events for the month.
It seems his hard work is certainly paying off: Where the Bridge Lies was named the Dundee Courier’s Scottish Book of the Week! Gillian Lord mentioned the important balance Frank managed to strike when keeping his debut novel both historical and provocatively entertaining, creating a “proudly Scottish” novel that allows events of the 20 th century to fascinate today’s readers. Described as “well-constructed, absorbing and thought-provoking”, Where the Bridge Lies certainly does a brilliant job of bringing Scotland’s past into the present.
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Article by Rosamunde O’Cleirigh