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Orla will be signing copies of ‘Salty Baby’ in Farrell & Nephew bookstore in Newbridge this Saturday the 17th of September from 1.00 pm following her appearance on “The Late Late Show” with Ryan Tubridy. All are welcome to attend.  For details of the signing or for more information please contact  Maeve in Farrell & Nephew on 045-431708 or books@farrellandnephew.ie

‘This book is important on so many levels. It’s a fascinating insight into what being a hospital “lifer” looks like from the inside. It’s a powerful testament to how things can change when a vulnerable person decides to speak out and keeps on speaking when people in authority would like nothing better than for them to lie back on their A&E trolley and think of Ireland. It’s about how that expression can give other people, a whole community, permission to shout about something they didn’t feel they could articulate before. It’s a book about growing up. And finding your voice.’

Róisín Ingle on Salty Baby

Orla Tinsley is well known as a campaigner for the rights of people with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland. In her memoir, she takes us on a journey into the inner world of a child whose home from home was hospital, yet who from an early age refused to allow her illness to define her.

It is also a story about coming of age in today's Ireland, as Orla takes us through school, college and the pursuit of a dream to become a writer. She describes how her love of poetry and drama sustained her through difficult times, and how writing in her journal was often a lifeline. She also tells of coming to terms with the loss of young friends through CF, and her at times maverick fight to improve an under-par health system that, for those with CF, delivers a lesser life expectancy in Ireland than anywhere else in Europe.

Orla's family instilled in her a mind-over-matter philosophy from an early age: if you can't do something one way, keep trying until you find another. Salty Baby reveals the path of a young woman known for her fighting spirit: deeply personal, at times shocking, always honest, and ultimately hopeful.

Orla Tinsley is a native of Kildare and now lives in Dublin. A natural performer from an early age, Orla is an avid participant in amateur dramatics and has travelled around Ireland and to Italy to perform on the stage. Her love of writing has been a keystone of her life ever since she can remember. She is a journalist with The Irish Times, for which she wrote her first article when she was eighteen years old.  She is perhaps best known for her pieces relating to the campaign for better services for people with CF in Ireland.

Orla Tinsley will be signing copies of her book ‘Salty Baby’ in Farrell & Nephew bookstore in Newbridge this Saturday the 17th of September from 1.00 pm

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