Wiltshire Poet Launches First Novel
WILTSHIRE-BASED poet and writing mentor Lis McDermott is showcasing her first novel ‘He Is Not Worthy’ at a launch event later this month (May 27).

Wiltshire Poet Launches First Novel

The 70-year-old, who has eight published books of poetry, short stories and an autobiography under her belt, has now penned her first novel. It tells the story of an art teacher, Rhi Dobbs, who has an affair with a sixth-form student.

Lis said: ‘This is not a story of lust. It’s a story of love, and mutual attraction with a plot twist where the main character also finds herself the object of someone else’s desire. A man we’d identify these days as a stalker.’

Wiltshire Poet Launches First Novel - Lis McDermot
Wiltshire Poet Launches First Novel – Lis McDermot

Teaching experience

Lis is herself a former teacher. She worked in education for 34 years before becoming a professional photographer and writer. She was also the music adviser in Wiltshire supporting schools around music education.

‘This story is not based on personal experience! The idea came to me when I was watching a thriller about a stalker. It made me think about how a person could become obsessed with someone else, and have a firm belief there is a connection which simply doesn’t exist,’ Lis said.

He Is Not Worthy’ published by SilverWood Books, is available from May 27. Lis is holding a launch event at the Marsh Farm Hotel in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Tickets are free but limited. And you can book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lis-mcdermott-debut-novel-book-launch-tickets-332550416247

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To find out more about Lis herself and some of her writing see here:

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