#Chester’s #Climate book released

#Chester’s #Climate book released

For a change I’ve released a non-fiction book. Chester’s Climate first came out in 1985, printed by a local Handbridge printer and sold out within a year. Recently, I have received requests for copies but I only have 3 and they’ve been taken apart....

The Fenian Uprising in Chester

I’m a stranger in Chester in that I’ve only lived here since 1978 (38 years as I write this) and perhaps this is why I can often surprise the local Cestrians with historical and geographical titbits they miss. As a newcomer and teacher I researched into the city’s...
#Writing is Bad for You?

#Writing is Bad for You?

Writing is Bad for You? By Geoff Nelder I gave a talk on Releasing Your Inner Writer to an appreciative audience of 60 retirees in Ruthin, Wales, making up their branch of U3A: the University of the Third Age. Simple, right? Not when I did the research. The two...
New Realms has my #Clockwork story

New Realms has my #Clockwork story

Earlier this year on holiday in Albufeira, Portugal I read Kim Stanley Robinson’s historical fantasy novel, Galileo’s Dream. It’s my mother’s fault. Not only did she join me to the Children’s Science Fiction Book Club when I was four but she was an unquenchable reader...
#Review The Girl With All The Gifts

#Review The Girl With All The Gifts

The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey (2014) My Science Fiction book group discussed The Girl With All The Gifts by M Carey yesterday. Although we all had issues with gaping plot holes and cliched characters we ALL enjoyed it. That’s the first book we liked...

Montygavus – plants & fiction

This is a Montygavus. Sounds as if it could be right, right? Not. My dad gave me a piece of root 30 years ago because I liked the flowering metre-high plant in his Cheltenham garden and I wanted it in my Chester hedge. Except it died, but not until a neighbour...