Book Title: The Drama Club
Author Name: Kathleen Ann Mescall
Birth Place: Whitchurch Cardiff South Wales 29.06.1948
Interests: Animals, reading, writing, gardening,
My family, mother, three sisters and two brothers, moved from Whitchurch to Llanrumney when I was seven years old. I attended St. Cadoc’s junior school, then later went to Lady Mary High School for Girls.
My childhood wasn’t a particularly happy one, so I was thrilled when Mrs. Buckley, my teacher at St. Cadoc’s gave me a copy of Grimms Fairy Tales to read through the summer holidays.
That book became my second best friend, the first being Josie Moreno, who I loved more than my own sisters. Unfortunately, my mother, a strict disciplinarain, was always cross with me for having my nose buried beneath the pages and one day, exasperated because I hadn’t heard her calling me – three times – Brother’s Grimm ended up on the back of the fire. That was one of the worse days of my life and then, to add insult to injury, I was caned by Mrs. Buckley when I returned to school and told her I had lost it.
However, reading and writing became a passion of mine; especially High Fantasy, but anything that I could lose myself in was fine with me.
I dreamed of becoming a famous writer
I married when I was only eighteen and moved to London shortly after. My children, Stephen and Karen were both encouraged from a very early age to read books and to develop their knowledge of the world. However, though they book reading was never very high on their priorities, travel was. Stephen has settled in Australia, and Karen in Israel. As I now live in Turkey, we are very much an international family.
Being an extremely busy working mother, with an active interest in community affairs, meant that my writing dreams were put on the back burner for many years.
Twelve years ago, after the death of my mother, and fast approaching fifty, I decided to spread my wings, so with my newly acquired teaching certificate in hand, I arrived in Izmit, the home town of friends I had met while on holiday in Turkey a few years earlier.
Within three months of my arrival, all thoughts of teaching forgotten, I was working as a Business Development Manager for EREL Group – a Turkish electrical and mechanical engineering project company – and very fortunately for me, have since travelled to many countries on their behalf.
About four years ago I moved from the city, which I am very happy to say has risen like a phoenix from the devastation of the 1999 earthquake, and now stands as proudly as any European city you care to mention.
I took up residence in a twelve room villa – which I share with my four cats - in ten acres of land. The property belongs to my best friends and close neigbours, Cihan and Negla Gundes.
I’m approximately 40klm from Izmit, and a 100 from İstanbul, where our company now has its main offices, so I do most of my work from home.
Shortly after my move I started writing again. Short stories to entertain my seven grandchildren, and letters to Australia from my cat Thomas!
My family loved them and encouraged me to find time to write ‘my novel’.
Three years ago I started work on an epic trilogy, which combines high fantasy with Celtic mythology. The Clodagh Chronicles. Book one, Lost and Found is completed, I’m half way through Lost Again, the second book, and I’d dearly like Redemption, the final book completed by spring 2012. However, should the Drama Club prove to be successful, I shall concentrate all my efforts on a few more adventures for the friends from Wales before moving forward with Clodagh.
I’ve always had a natural affinity with older women – a need for motherly love and affection that doesn’t diminish with age – so some of my dearest friends are much older than I am.
Older people have so much to offer; a life-time filled with experience. Steadfast, loyal, dependable and inordinately proud. One couldn’t wish for better friends.
The Drama Club is a tribute to all the ‘older people’ who have shared and enriched my life; I love you all.
The Drama Club
The committee of the Mountain Ash Drama Club for Senior Citizens, a group of octogenarians and life-long friends since their primary school days, have always shared each others trials and tribulations. Joy and happiness, grief and pain have forged deep rooted friendships that only death itself can sever. They know everything there is to know about each other; or do they?
When Tori Greenhouse, the patronising Entertainment Manager at the Mountain Ash Day Centre for Senior Citizens, is brutally murdered in her office a dark secret comes to light that tests the bond of friendship to its very limit.
The Drama Club is a hilarious, though often poignant account of the events that lead up to the murder of Tori Greenhouse, the unpopular Entertainment Manager at the Mountain Ash Day Centre for Senior Citizens, and the sharing of secrets, scandalous in their enormity more than fifty years ago but the telling of which today, would hardly raise an eyebrow.