Gerard McDermott

Actor Gerard takes to precinct to read first children's book

Torbay Weekly

Actor and author Gerard McDermott will be hosting a book reading event, plus some music, in St Marychurch Precinct on Saturday, July 16.

McDermott has worked extensively on Radio 4 and featured in countless dramas and comedies, ranging from The Archers to Claire in the Community.

He has appeared on TV in Vera, Downton Abbey, Casualty and Father Brown and will soon to be touring in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Railway Bill (The Pop Star)
Railway Bill (The Pop Star)

He has 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 police officer working on the beautiful Eskdale Valley Railway line in Yorkshire. We also meet the very jolly Molly with her refreshments trolley, Saikay the grumpy guard and Paul the driver.

The train journey features Barry, the local pop star who is returning from London having collected his gold disc for selling a million records. Barry falls asleep to the clickety-clack rhythm of the tracks and wakes to realise his cherished disc is missing from the luggage rack.

Theresa and Sally
Theresa and Sally

Two naughty lads have stolen it and begin to play frisbee with the treasured gold disc on the platform. Railway Bill apprehends the boys, Barry sees the lighter side and begins to hand out copies of his latest hit to all!

The book is the first in a series following these delightful characters and is available on Amazon and in many bookshops 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 singer with Mike Oldfield and Triumvirat and now gigging around Devon in TAKE2 and ContraBand.

Gerard is sponsored by Fables the Bookshop (72 Fore Street St. Marychurch), who are celebrating their 16th anniversary with a book event.

There will also be live music from Theresa and Sally and from TAKE2 duo.

TAKE2 duo
TAKE2 duo

Find your way up to Fables the Bookshop at the top of the precinct. If rain stops play, the event will move inside the bookshop.