Book number 2: thank God for that!
 
By Ross Welford
12 Oct 2016
 

Book number 2: thank God for that!


I’ll be honest – there were times when I thought, fleetingly, that perhaps I was destined to write only one book.  That Time Travelling With A Hamster would have its brief moment in the limelight and then gracefully move along the bookshelf to make room for books by other, more prolific and successful authors. I would tell myself […]

Whistling: top 5 songs
 
By Ross Welford
14 Sep 2016
 

Whistling: top 5 songs


I learnt to whistle over the summer, and accomplishment of which I’m much prouder than it really merits. I don’t mean whistling a tune.  I’ve been able to do that since I was very little.  (My Gran would say, “Oh, it’s Whistling Rufus again!” which I assumed to be some performer but I’ve just looked […]

What I Read In My Summer Holidays
 
By Ross Welford
16 Aug 2016
 

What I Read In My Summer Holidays


It’s odd, I reckon, that since the whole writing thing took off  for me – with Time Travelling With A Hamster,  and another one (title TBC) coming out next spring, and the zygote of a third one beginning its gestation – I have actually read less for pleasure than before. So roll on a long summer holiday: endless […]

Back to CDs…I think
 
By Ross Welford
8 Jul 2016
 

Back to CDs…I think


The builders are in, and so a load of junk is out.  (How do we accumulate this stuff?  Where does it come from?  Why did I ever think that there was any point in hanging on to a broken hand-mixer?) Anyway, stuck at the back of a cupboard, Mrs W and I came across our […]

Happy ending for “Happy Birthday”
 
By Ross Welford
28 Jun 2016
 

Happy ending for “Happy Birthday”


After years of avoiding it, film-makers and performers can now include “Happy Birthday To You” in their work without paying a huge music corporation for the privilege. God knows why, but I follow stories about music copyright sort of keenly.  It’s not like I have any personal interest, it’s just a curiosity. Today’s news that a US judge has ruled […]

Game of Thrones spoilers: I give up!
 
By Ross Welford
16 Jun 2016
 

Game of Thrones spoilers: I give up!


I was watching the news the other night and the newsreader said something like: “Coming up next, news of the opening game of the Euros as England faced Russia earlier today.  So if you don’t want to know the result, time to leave the room.” It’s familiar enough stuff; we hear it all the time.  Then […]

The Encounter: time-travelling magic
 
By Ross Welford
14 Jun 2016
 

The Encounter: time-travelling magic


I’ve written before about my, shall we say, complicated relationship with the theatre.  I take the approach once described by Sir Michael Parkinson: “I have never sat in a theatre without wishing I were in a cinema instead.” Except…sometimes.  This was one of the sometimes.  Tempted by a friend who promised that it would appeal […]

Blackadder Rides Again
 
By Ross Welford
24 May 2016
 

Blackadder Rides Again


It’s hard – and painful – to think that Blackadder Goes Forth first appeared on TV in 1989.  I know.  Twenty seven years ago. And for 27 years, those of us who loved it have wanted it to come back.  We have lapped up rumours and weighed the options.  Could it be Blackadder in WW2? […]

How I dodged a bullet in Chicago
 
By Ross Welford
16 May 2016
 

How I dodged a bullet in Chicago


I can summon hot waves of shame just thinking about it.  It could have been soooo embarrassing… There I was in Chicago at Book Expo America.  I had been invited by my US publisher, Schwartz & Wade (Penguin Random House) to promote my children’s book, Time Travelling With A Hamster which had been selected as one of the titles […]

“Let’s talk about adverbs,” he said, swiftly
 
By Ross Welford
21 Apr 2016
 

“Let’s talk about adverbs,” he said, swiftly


A couple of posts ago, I mentioned Stephen King’s splendid book On Writing, and referenced his personal ban – which I think he’d like extended – on adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend” he said, adding, “the road to hell is paved with adverbs and I will shout it from the rooftops.”  Loudly, no doubt. […]

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