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 Category:  Autobiography/Irish-American/Literature/Ireland

 “I am a Belfast girl: reared in the singing streets of Northern Ireland's capital city, married in Scotland and finally arriving in America in 1964, where kindly circumstances hailed me in the late 1960s as a singer and storyteller of her native land.” So Maggi Kerr Peirce sums up her remarkable life as a bearer of her native song culture from Belfast to the American folk music revival of the late Twentieth Century. Also a revered storyteller, Maggi (no “e,” she was named for an Irish breakfast cereal) has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival and received the National Storytelling Network (USA) Oracle award for lifetime achievement.
Original Trade Paperback - $14
ISBN: 978-1-62491-017-3
168 pages - Size: 5.5 x 8.5

E-Book Price: $11.5

 

A Belfast Girl
Maggi Kerr Peirce

Maggi’s stories sparkle.  Good for the eyes as well as the ears, they go straight to the heart.  They are like Maggi herself: not sentimental, but not afraid of anything, including sentiment.”
Michael Parent, National Storytelling Network Oracle Award winning storyteller

Charles Dickens would have loved A Belfast Girl.  Maggi Kerr Peirce’s characters are alive and beautifully drawn.  I felt invited into a new world.  Her details are striking: for instance, the movie theater Maggi goes to as a girl in Belfast is the Imperial Theatre where they play Ethel M. Dell – type films.  Her dad smokes Player’s cigarettes and her mother smokes Gallagher’s Blue.  Before we know it, young Maggi is in Sweden working in a chocolate factory.  The world opens!  This is a marvelous book.”
Jay O’Callahan, author, workshop leader, an occasional NPR commentator

Maggi Kerr Peirce was there at the beginning of the American storytelling revival with her wonderful Irish stories and songs.  Maggi brings that same charm, wit and lyrical prose to her life story in A Belfast Girl.”   
David Holt, four-time Grammy winner, author, and host of Jazz from the Landing on Public Radio International