The author as stand up comic
 
By Ross Welford
31 Jan 2016
 

The author as stand up comic


You’re up there for an hour, doing nothing but talking, and they’re all laughing, hundreds of them, sometimes.  You’re being FUNNY! You’re a comedian! This was not what I expected.  Not even slightly. “Are you up for doing some promotion?” they asked.  “Perhaps touring schools, signing some books, talking to the kids a bit?” “Um…sure? […]

The glorious myth of the “book launch”
 
By Ross Welford
24 Jan 2016
 

The glorious myth of the “book launch”


Well, it’s out.  Officially.  My book, that is. (Time Travelling With a Hamster.) I know that because I have had a “launch party”, which – it appears – is something that everyone (myself included) assumes happens for every book that is published, more or less.  And which, in actual fact, almost never happens unless: The author […]

Master of deception
 
By Ross Welford
17 Jan 2016
 

Master of deception


A lifetime love of magic and illusion means it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of Derren Brown, and especially the way that, by pretending to be totally open about how he achieves the remarkable effects he does, he has avoided being “exposed” on YouTube as many more conventional magicians are these days.  In truth, he isn’t totally open about his […]

What do you mean, you haven’t watched it?
 
By Ross Welford
7 Jan 2016
 

What do you mean, you haven’t watched it?


Game Of Thrones, I mean.  It’s awesome, and anyone who hasn’t watched it is missing out big time. I know: you’ll  be late to the party, but the advantage of that is that you’ll be able to binge-watch them all on a box-set. To be honest, I think watching it in weekly episodes would be […]

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The Kid Who Came From Space

A small village in the wilds of Northumberland is rocked by the disappearance of twelve-year-old Tammy. Only her twin brother, Ethan, knows she is safe – and the extraordinary truth of where she is. It is a secret he must keep, or risk never seeing her again.

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The Dog Who Saved The World

My pet dog is called Mr Mash. We named him that because he's a mishmash. A total mongrel. He smells terrible. He'll eat literally anything. He can't see very well. But I love him more than anything. (Sorry dad.) And without him, the world is going to end...

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The 1,000-year-old Boy

There are stories about people who want to live forever. This is a story about someone who wants to stop.

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What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed.

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Time Travelling With A Hamster

My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine, and again four years later when he was twelve.

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