So what's brought ya here to Belfast then?" Wanderlust and curiosity drive Caroline Ryan to leave her life in Los Angeles to live in Belfast, Northern Ireland for a few months to see what newly planted peace looks like. It is 2000-the Northern Ireland peace agreement is only two years old, and Ryan assumes that after thirty years of violent troubles, Belfast will be little more than a sad and burned out shell. But many surprises await the author, as both she and the North struggle to make peace with their pasts. Against a backdrop of stormy grey clouds and brilliant green, Ryan meets a Northern Ireland of poets and storytellers, psychics and healers, soldiers and farmers, ghosts and long memories, love, and the wittiest people on earth. Caroline Oceana Ryan is a poet and playwright whose work has appeared in UK poetry anthologies and city arts projects, and on BBC Northern Ireland's Get Writing Web site; two of her plays were produced in Los Angeles. She writes about Northern Ireland for MatadorTravel.com. This is her first book. Visit www.anoldcastle.com . Publisher's Web site: http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/AnOldCastleStandingOnAFord.html
Caroline Oceana Ryan is a poet, playwright, and travel writer whose work has appeared in UK poetry anthologies and city arts projects, BBC Northern Ireland's Get Writing Web site, and in US and European journals. Two of her plays were produced in Los Angeles. She writes about Northern Ireland for MatadorTravel.com, WanderingEducators.com, and her own website, www.anoldcastle.com.
Ryan holds an master's degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she studied intercultural education. She now lives in Belfast, where she works as a writer and a community project assistant.