Stories about George

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George Bond, a high-spirited eleven year old, dreams of becoming a warrior and leading a more adventurous life. With the help of his close friends, adventures seem to come their way naturally, but their warrior abilities are taxed to the limit as they take on villains and thieves, wild water, angry farmers and a haunted house.

George's vivid nocturnal dreams come to life in increasingly bizarre ways. They take him to worlds in which famous real and mythological figures, from Leonardo da Vinci to James Bond, the Minotaur to the Buddha, make unexpected appearances. Uncle Stanley's time-machine transports all six warriors to distant lands and times, in the past and future, where they have many extraordinary and life-changing encounters.

These twenty stories about four boys and two girls, starting in the Yorkshire Dales but extending into faraway exotic countries, will undoubtedly entertain and inspire young readers.

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The Castaways

Sixteen 13-year-olds are given the opportunity to spend a week on a tropical island. No adults, no mobile phones, and ten life principles to follow. How will they cope? Everything seems to be going well until an uncanny sense of being watched overtakes them. Then there are strange happenings, giggling noises, music in the air. What does it all mean? An exotic fantasy/adventure story in which many difficulties are overcome, while some questions  remain unanswered.

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Cycling with Cuthbert

Twelve holidaymakers with their leader set off from Durham on a week's cycling pilgrimage across Northumberland. Their goal is Holy Island where St Cuthbert lived. On the way they are told the saint's story and visit sites connected with his life. But what they learn about themselves, and how the journey changes their lives, turns out to be more significant than reaching the goal. 

 
 
 
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The Ballad of the
Magic Chalice

The princes William and Harry, with their wives Kate and Meghan, visit the city of York for the Christmas festivities. They are shocked by the disappearance of the golden chalice from the chapel of Kings Manor. Four medieval knights appear and promise to undertake a quest to find and restore it to its rightful place. This short drama, fully illustrated with a musical accompaniment, is an exciting race against time, in which the knights do battle at Clifford's Tower, solve a riddle and follow the trail of the magic chalice to York Minster.

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I, Franz Schubert

In this unique account, Schubert reflects on the successes and failure of his career as a freelance musician in 18th century Vienna. He recalls the best aspects of his life: a sunny disposition, a delight in the natural world, and, above all, his many devoted friends. But he also has to recognise the demons which ultimately destroyed him: a highly sensual nature susceptible to severe mood-swings, and a tendency towards loneliness, overindulgence and despair.

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Discovered in Kathmandu - How I found my Nepalese family

In Kathmandu a retired English schoolteacher visits an orphanage where he meets a young man desperate to train as a doctor. After a year's agonizing indecision, the Englishman takes up the challenge and promises to sponsor him. What follows is a life-changing experience in which he himself comes to be 'adopted' into a Nepalese family, as brother, uncle, friend and godfather.

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Ballads & Songs

Four ballads and four songs celebrating the cultures of three different countries. The subjects range from Glastonbury Tor and the Angel of the North to the Coast of Coromandel in New Zealand to Kathmandu in Nepal. These original verses tell of friendships, hopes and fulfilled ambitions which will warm the heart and delight the mind with their easy rhymes and rhythms.

Copies are available directly from the author at £3-50 plus p and p. 

The Song of Gaia, the Earth Goddess

I first met the Dutch artist Willemien Albers on a River Danube cruise ship. She became interested in my writing, and I was struck by her paintings.  As a result, we agreed to collaborate, and she provided the illustrations for The Lily and the Rose which added so much to the novel.

 

Following a week at the Findhorn Community in Scotland (where one learns about the importance of angels in one's life), I decided I would like to write a story about angels. I mentioned this to Willemien, and she sent me about thirty suitable paintings which I scattered around my living room floor. As I looked over these, a story began to emerge. The result is The Song of Gaia, the Earth Goddess. I mention this to emphasise the point that my poem grew out of the paintings, and not the other way round. So once again I am deeply indebted to Willemien for her inspiring artwork.

Copies are available directly from the author at £5.00 plus p and p.

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In this illustrated book, the iconic Glastonbury Tor tells its own story in verse, from Roman times to the present day, recounting the many stories associated with the holy site from the legendary visit of Jesus with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, to the accounts of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere when it was known as the Isle of Avalon. At last, the Tor has found its voice and speaks with pride of its unique place in English history.

 

Price £6.99, available from Amazon, or directly from the author.

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The Foresters

A comical illustrated poem for children which takes place under moonlight at midsummer in the depths of a forest. The peaceful lives of the little creatures are disturbed by the arrival of some ridiculous humans drawn by the sound of an owl hooting - so they think!

(Colour illustrations by Harold Gosney)

 

Copies are available from the author at £4-99 plus p & p.

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A Gallery Through Time in
Art and Words

The inspiration for this booklet was a study day on the artist, J M W Turner, early in 2020. Writing a poem in response to his painting of Norham Castle set me on a path to explore other works of art in a similar way, and it turned into a project for the pandemic. The challenge to paint my own version of 18 original works from cave art to Picasso, do some historical research then write a short verse kept me occupied - and, above all, indoors and safe - for several weeks. (Colour illustrations by the author)

 

Copies are available from the author at £6-99 plus p & p.

Cycling with Margot

Following their rides through Northumberland and Yorkshire in the previous books, the same characters cycle through Lincolnshire at harvest time, telling tales in verse to each other on the way, in the style of the Canterbury Pilgrims of old. This is the final part of the Cycling trilogy in which surprising discoveries are made about their past, bringing resolution, some tragedy but mostly joy.

 

(Black and white illustrations by Harold Gosney)

A Children's Bhagavad Gita

An abridged rhyming version of the great Hindu classic, recounting the conversation between the warrior Arjuna and the Lord Sri Krishna on the eve of the battle of Kurukshetra, about 3000 BC. All the drama of the original is there as well as the extraordinary manifestations of Krishna and his timeless teaching. (Colour illustrations by Alex Crump)

 
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The Ballad of the
Magic Chalice

The princes William and Harry, with their wives Kate and Meghan, visit the city of York for the Christmas festivities. They are shocked by the disappearance of the golden chalice from the chapel of Kings Manor. Four medieval knights appear and promise to undertake a quest to find and restore it to its rightful place. This short drama, fully illustrated with a musical accompaniment, is an exciting race against time, in which the knights do battle at Clifford's Tower, solve a riddle and follow the trail of the magic chalice to York Minster.

9783990640449.jpg

I, Franz Schubert

In this unique account, Schubert reflects on the successes and failure of his career as a freelance musician in 18th century Vienna. He recalls the best aspects of his life: a sunny disposition, a delight in the natural world, and, above all, his many devoted friends. But he also has to recognise the demons which ultimately destroyed him: a highly sensual nature susceptible to severe mood-swings, and a tendency towards loneliness, overindulgence and despair.

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Discovered in Kathmandu - How I found my Nepalese family

In Kathmandu a retired English schoolteacher visits an orphanage where he meets a young man desperate to train as a doctor. After a year's agonizing indecision, the Englishman takes up the challenge and promises to sponsor him. What follows is a life-changing experience in which he himself comes to be 'adopted' into a Nepalese family, as brother, uncle, friend and godfather.

DSC_1599.JPG

Ballads & Songs

Four ballads and four songs celebrating the cultures of three different countries. The subjects range from Glastonbury Tor and the Angel of the North to the Coast of Coromandel in New Zealand to Kathmandu in Nepal. These original verses tell of friendships, hopes and fulfilled ambitions which will warm the heart and delight the mind with their easy rhymes and rhythms.

Copies are available directly from the author at £3-50 plus p and p. 

The Song of Gaia, the Earth Goddess

I first met the Dutch artist Willemien Albers on a River Danube cruise ship. She became interested in my writing, and I was struck by her paintings.  As a result, we agreed to collaborate, and she provided the illustrations for The Lily and the Rose which added so much to the novel.

 

Following a week at the Findhorn Community in Scotland (where one learns about the importance of angels in one's life), I decided I would like to write a story about angels. I mentioned this to Willemien, and she sent me about thirty suitable paintings which I scattered around my living room floor. As I looked over these, a story began to emerge. The result is The Song of Gaia, the Earth Goddess. I mention this to emphasise the point that my poem grew out of the paintings, and not the other way round. So once again I am deeply indebted to Willemien for her inspiring artwork.

Copies are available directly from the author at £5.00 plus p and p.

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The Song of Glastonbury Tor

In this illustrated book, the iconic Glastonbury Tor tells its own story in verse, from Roman times to the present day, recounting the many stories associated with the holy site from the legendary visit of Jesus with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, to the accounts of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere when it was known as the Isle of Avalon. At last, the Tor has found its voice and speaks with pride of its unique place in English history.

 

Price £6.99, available from Amazon, or directly from the author.

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The Foresters

A comical illustrated poem for children which takes place under moonlight at midsummer in the depths of a forest. The peaceful lives of the little creatures are disturbed by the arrival of some ridiculous humans drawn by the sound of an owl hooting - so they think!

(Colour illustrations by Harold Gosney)

 

Copies are available from the author at £4-99 plus p & p.

DSC_0785.JPG

A Gallery Through Time in
Art and Words

The inspiration for this booklet was a study day on the artist, J M W Turner, early in 2020. Writing a poem in response to his painting of Norham Castle set me on a path to explore other works of art in a similar way, and it turned into a project for the pandemic. The challenge to paint my own version of 18 original works from cave art to Picasso, do some historical research then write a short verse kept me occupied - and, above all, indoors and safe - for several weeks. (Colour illustrations by the author)

 

Copies are available from the author at £6-99 plus p & p.

Publications for 2020/2021

Cycling with Margot

Following their rides through Northumberland and Yorkshire in the previous books, the same characters cycle through Lincolnshire at harvest time, telling tales in verse to each other on the way, in the style of the Canterbury Pilgrims of old. This is the final part of the Cycling trilogy in which surprising discoveries are made about their past, bringing resolution, some tragedy but mostly joy.

 

(Black and white illustrations by Harold Gosney)

A Children's Bhagavad Gita

An abridged rhyming version of the great Hindu classic, recounting the conversation between the warrior Arjuna and the Lord Sri Krishna on the eve of the battle of Kurukshetra, about 3000 BC. All the drama of the original is there as well as the extraordinary manifestations of Krishna and his timeless teaching. (Colour illustrations by Alex Crump)

Harvest Moon and Other Stories

A young bereaved teacher moves to a new area where he becomes enmeshed in a complex web of local intrigue which mysteriously uncovers some childhood memories; a lonely lady in a retirement community discovers strength in helping some local children through a family crisis; a widowed lady journeys to Scotland with a friend where she finds a new unexpected purpose in life. Three tales of loss and self-discovery to uplift the spirit.

16 Verse Fables for Young People

These are re-tellings of highly entertaining stories by the founder of Self-Realisation Fellowship, Paramahansa Yogananada. Hilarious, shocking and surprising in equal measure, these stories all carry some important message or teaching, very relevant for our own times.

 

(Black and white illustrations by Harold Gosney)

Musical Libretto: Oliver's Journey Home, with music by David Dawson 

(Apply to the author for details)

Opera Libretto: Prince Siddhartha, with music by Tristan Latchford

(Apply to the author for details)

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The Lily and the Rose

Young Ben is fascinated by medieval legends, in particular the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. As he grows up, he sees his life in terms of a quest but finds himself constantly struggling against his inner demons. Like Sir Gawain of old, he is only too aware of his shortcomings. A sense of failure takes him ultimately to Nepal and Bangladesh, where he finds freedom and fulfilment in a totally unexpected way.

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The Castaways

Sixteen 13-year-olds are given the opportunity to spend a week on a tropical island. No adults, no mobile phones, and ten life principles to follow. How will they cope? Everything seems to be going well until an uncanny sense of being watched overtakes them. Then there are strange happenings, giggling noises, music in the air. What does it all mean? An exotic fantasy/adventure story in which many difficulties are overcome, while some questions  remain unanswered.

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Cycling with Cuthbert

Twelve holidaymakers with their leader set off from Durham on a week's cycling pilgrimage across Northumberland. Their goal is Holy Island where St Cuthbert lived. On the way they are told the saint's story and visit sites connected with his life. But what they learn about themselves, and how the journey changes their lives, turns out to be more significant than reaching the goal. 

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Cycling with Peter

In this sequel to Cycling with Cuthbert, the same group re-unites for a similar holiday in Yorkshire. But life moves on, and changed circumstances make for an unsettled atmosphere. Can harmony be restored as the holiday progresses?'