Banner background

Latest News

Debut novel by Sullivan old boy Kevin Smith

Past Pupil Takes The Biscuit!

Jammy Dodger, a debut novel by Sullivan old boy Kevin Smith (class of 1981), has attracted glowing advance reviews from — among others — the Sunday Times and the Guardian ahead of its 16 August 2012 publication date.

The book, a comedy set in late 1980s Belfast, has been described by the Belfast Newsletter as “hilarious — by turns darkly ironic and laugh-out-loud funny” and by Guardian columnist Simon Hoggart as “very funny — acutely sharp”.

Kevin, who worked in Belfast newspapers after studying English & Philosophy at Queen’s University, and later spent ten years as a Reuters correspondent in eastern Europe and Dublin, said he wanted to show another side to Northern Irish life.


Bursting with mischievous jokes, the book also boasts a lively cast of characters, including a gun-toting playwright, a jealous policeman, and a giant white rabbit.

“It’s essentially a coming-of-age tale, with some sharp knocks and plenty of laughs along the way,” he says.

Kevin now lives in Dublin with his wife and two children but still holds great affection for his home town, a “heavily impressionistic” version of which appears in the book.

“It was a magical place to grow up,” he says. “It’s no accident that the Holywood hills I gazed out at from various classrooms on long afternoons were the inspiration for C.S. Lewis’ Narnia.”

Recent Posts

See All

Inspire Awards

Jonathan Brattle and Hope Gibson receiving medals for their work on Inspire/Aspire from London Paralympic Gold Medallist Michael McKillop, Stormont, June 2013.

Winner of the Sullivan Masterchef Final

MASTERCHEF FINAL 2013  The final of the Year 9 Sullivan Upper Masterchef cookery competition took place on Thursday 6 June 2013.  Congratulations to all of the finalists who produced a sophisticated