- 09 Jun 23
Paul Charles will be joined in conversation by Ollie Jennings in Galway and Rob O'Connor in Waterford this weekend.
Following a phenomenal response so far, Paul Charles' multi-city book tour – in support of his acclaimed memoir, Adventures In Wonderland – continues this weekend, with appearances at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in Galway tonight (June 9) and The Book Centre in Waterford tomorrow (June 10).
Adventures In Wonderland tells the tale of how a music-mad youngster from Magherafelt in Co. Derry was swept up in the whirlwind that was rock ’n’ roll in the heady days of the 1960s’ music revolution, where he moved to London – and went on to become one of the most influential music figures ever to come out of Ireland; and to work, and become friends, with many of his rock and roll idols.
Charles' book tour has already included lauded events across the UK and Ireland, including an unforgettable appearance at the International Literature Festival Dublin last month, where he was joined by singers Brian Kennedy and Saibh Skelly, as well as Hot Press editor Niall Stokes.
This evening, June 9, Charles will be interviewed in Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in Galway by manager of The Saw Doctors and leading Galway cultural activist and ideas man, Ollie Jennings, with proceedings kicking off at 6pm.
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Really looking forward to our special event tomorrow Friday at 6pm in the bookshop with music agent Paul Charles as he discusses his memoir 'Adventures in Wonderland' !!
If you have music heroes, there's a very good chance that Paul has represented them ! pic.twitter.com/tbRRgtOEkb
— CharlieByrne'sBooks (@ByrnesBooks) June 8, 2023
The following day, June 10, the tour is heading to Waterford, with Charles set to be joined at The Book Centre on John Roberts Square by former Beat 102 103 presenter and local musician Rob O'Connor, for a special Q&A that's getting underway at 4pm.
Later this month, you can also look forward to a special Adventures In Wonderland event at the Dalkey Book Festival – featuring Paul Charles in conversation with best-selling author John Connolly.
Adventures In Wonderland hit the No.2 spot in the Amazon music business charts at the end of May, and praise for the memoir has continued to pour in following its publication.
"A book defined by an abiding love of music, a deep affection for musicians – despite their occasional follies – and a clear-eyed view of the sometimes harsh realities of the music business," John Connolly said of Adventures In Wonderland. "This may well be the best memoir of its kind yet to come out of Ireland. A very fine piece of work, and I enjoyed every minute of it."
Renowned novelist Joseph O'Connor described it as as "fascinating, revealing, wonderfully enjoyable memoir," which is "full of anecdote, insight and heart."
Michael Eavis , the co-creator of Glastonbury Festival, has also praised Adventures In Wonderland.
“When I had the crazy idea of running my own Festival the first thing I needed was bands to play!" he commented. "I got a list of agents to phone from the ‘white book’ but had very little luck getting what I wanted. Fortunately though, in the early 80s I had one person who actually phoned me back with two of the top bands of the day that I wanted – that was Van Morrison and Jackson Browne. That’s when the festival started to take off and it was Paul Charles who helped me to make that happen.”