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Dark Ghosts Could Be A Winner

Published in the newspaper The Kilmarnock Standard©

By: Staff Reporter

January 28, 2005

A Kilmarnock author's first book is being officially launched next month.

Sergio Burns 'Dark Ghosts Rising' will be launched at the Howard Park Hotel on Friday, February 11.

Writer and former SNP MSP Michaael Russell will be the guest speaker.

Dark Ghosts Rising is a collection of 16 short stories, with a strong cosmopolitan feel and backdrops which include London, Manchester, Portsmouth, Minneapolis and Naples, as well as Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Centered around the themes of change and escape, the book takes the reader on a journey rich with dark tales, surreal moments and even the odd moment of humour.

It is already been used as a teaching tool in North America and its author Sergio Burns, who stays in Glasgow Road, has published articles for newspapers and magazines worldwide.

Sergio's growing success as a writer is a million miles away from his day job as a careers advisor in Ayr, and certainly belies his humble roots.

Brought up in Broxburn and then Kilmarnock, Sergio, 51 left school at 15 and worked in various jobs, before ending up on the dole with no qualificaitons.

Sergio, a former pupil of Onthank Primary and Grange Academy, returned to education, got himself an honours degree and now he enjoys an interesting job and writing in his spare time.

Sergio, who is married to Christine said, "I've basically been writing since I was about nine-years-old and to finally publish a book is a proud moment.

"It has been a gradual process. First I entered my short stories into competitions, winning a coupld of prizes.

"I was encouraged at one of the competitions by the late Martin Booth to really go for it, and I've really valued his advice.

"Eventually I met with the WordShack people who spoke to me about putting my short stories into a book.

It's been a remarkable journey and I hope it carries on. I would say to any aspiring writer to keep trying, take the criticism on the chin, as you never know what's round the corner."