A debut novelist’s new book has gone after big game, geo-politically speaking, as he takes on the impending catastrophe of climate change.
“I looked down the drive way in Blackrock in January to see the sea was half way up it,” says Kieran Rogers, who has turned his hand to writing after spending over 20 years as a car salesman. “You couldn’t hope for a greater illustration of how the climate is changing.”
From a very early age Kieran had a keen interest in the written word, and remembers the joy of reading sitting as a four-year-old on his granddad’s knee. He went to the Friary, then on to the Marist, before completeing a degree in commerce in UCD.
H e started his a car sales business in the 1986, the height of Ireland’s previous recession. If you bought a Nissan Bluebird or Micra in Dundalk, it would have likely come from Kieran.
“Words have always been my thing. I’ve always been very comfortable talking.”
Not suprising given that he is a direct descendent of James Joyce.
In 2006, Kieran wanted a change and sought that in teaching.
He studied hard for two years and qualified, and has worked as a substitute teacher in a number of local schools.
“For me teaching has to be fun and engaging. I believe that a pupil will work harder for a teacher they like.”
While Kieran’s debut novel, To Tame a Mighty Tyger, is a thriller set in not too distant future, it is also very much about the threat to future generations posed by climate change.
While Kieran lists Orwell, Margaret Attwood and Joyce as influences, he says that the book is very much his own.
“To be a maverick, you have to create something that is unique. I hope that I have done that with To Tame a Mighty Tyger.
“It is written in a literary style, but because of when it is set, I’ve had to use a large degree of imagination. I wanted to imagine a world where global weather catastrophes were a frequent occurance, and I had to imagine what that might be like.
“I think the scientific concensus on climate change has not been properly represented in the media. The sceptic argument is a tiny minority of the scientific community, yet their arguments are represented as a equally valid by the media.”
You can buy the book online and in local book shops in Dundalk.