“Hamster” and the Geordie accent
 
By Ross Welford
14 Oct 2016
 

“Hamster” and the Geordie accent


  No – obviously, hamsters don’t have a Geordie accent.  It just made a good headline. But seeing as Time Traveling With  A Hamster (note the absent extra “L”) was released in the US last week, I thought it would be helpful for the American readers to get an idea of how they speak in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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. […]

A gem on every page
 
By Ross Welford
4 Apr 2016
 

A gem on every page


Fifteen years ago I was holiday with my then-girlfriend (now wife) in Zahara de los Atunes in southern Spain.  Three things are especially memorable.  Mrs W told me she was pregnant; Islamist psychos flew aeroplanes into the Twin Towers in New York (the horror of which we watched unfold on a television in a village bar); […]

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 […]

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 […]

My book’s in the shops!
 
By Ross Welford
23 Dec 2015
 

My book’s in the shops!


…well, one shop anyway. The official publication date of “Time Travelling With A Hamster” is December 31, but at least one shop – thank you Waterstone’s, Kensington High Street – have received a bunch of them already and decided to put them out in the store, sandwiched – handily – between two David Walliams books. […]

Geordie Haka
 
By Ross Welford
5 Oct 2015
 

Geordie Haka


Apologies if I am late to the party and you’ve already seen this… There are some great Geordie expressions included in it, my personal favourite being “geet fat knacka” which my brother and I used to call each other.  (Who am I kidding with the “used to”?) Incidentally, for some reason this inserted video has […]

Magical and fabulous: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
 
By Ross Welford
1 Jun 2015
 

Magical and fabulous: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake


God, I hate so-called “magic realism”.  In books, at any rate.  I don’t get along with Gabriel Garcia Marques, or Isabel Allende, or any of that lot. (For some reason, I don’t mind it in films.  I’m thinking of The Green Mile, which I like a lot, but there are plenty of others.  I’m not sure why […]

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