Actor and author Gerard McDermott will host a book reading event, as well as music, in the grounds of St Marychurch on Saturday July 16.
McDermott has worked extensively on Radio 4 and starred in countless dramas and comedies, ranging from The Archers to Claire in the Community.
He has appeared on television in Vera, Downton Abbey, Casualty and Father Brown and will soon be touring in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
He published his first children’s book ‘Railway Bill (The Pop Star)’ which is beautifully illustrated by his son Tomas, an artist and animator.
The book follows the fortunes of Willamina, a policeman working on the beautiful Eskdale Valley railway line in Yorkshire. We also meet the very jovial Molly with her supply cart, Saikay the grumpy caretaker and Paul the driver.
The train journey features Barry, the local pop star who returns from London after picking up his gold record for selling a million records. Barry falls asleep to the sound of click-clack tunes and wakes up to find his beloved record missing from the luggage rack.
Two naughty boys have stolen it and start playing Frisbee with the precious golden disc on the platform. Railway Bill apprehends the boys, Barry sees the lighter side and starts handing out copies of his latest hit to everyone!
The book is the first in a series following these charming characters and is available on Amazon and in many bookstores, including the National Railway Museum in York.
The original idea for the story was inspired by friend Barry Palmer, a Devon-based singer-songwriter, former vocalist with Mike Oldfield and Triumvirate and now performing in Devon in TAKE2 and ContraBand.
Gerard is sponsored by Fables the Bookshop (72 Fore Street St. Marychurch), which celebrates its 16th anniversary with a book event.
There will also be live music from Theresa and Sally and the duo TAKE2.
Find your way to Fables the Bookshop at the top of the compound. If the rain stops playing, the event will move inside the bookstore.