Magic and Imagination with Ross Welford

Come and meet Ross Welford author of SEVEN page-turning novels all set in the North East including Time Travelling with a Hamster and The 1000 Year Old Boy.

Ross will be in Hexham to introduce his latest book Into the Sideways World, talk about his inspirations and characters as well as putting his own magical spin on storytelling and lead a creative writing exercise that everyone can join in with. Magic tricks ACTUALLY included!

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  • Author: Ross Welford 
  • School Years: Yrs 5, 6, 7 & 8
  • Date: 17/06/22
  • Time: 1.30-2.15pm (also available at 10.45-11:30am) 
  • Venue: Great Hall, Hexham Abbey
  • Cost: £2 per child. FREE places for pupil premium children and staff 
  • Books: Available to pre-order for dedicating and signing after the event
  • Contact: Please email [email protected] for enquiries and bookings

NEW TITLE: Into the Sideways World (Jan 2022) 

The whole world was heading for war when Manny Weaver and I went through a ‘grey hole’ to another world. Till then, I didn’t believe in magic. Fairies, witches, magic spells, strange lands with talking animals, monsters with three heads and potions to turn you into a giant? Even when I was very little, I knew all that stuff wasn’t real. Then I encountered Manny, and the strange animal we called a ‘cog’, and the brother who I’d never met because he died before I was born. I rode through a lightning storm on a flying jet ski, and lived in a World Without War. And so now, if you ask me if I believe in magic? Let’s just say I’m not so sure. 

About Ross Welford 

Ross was born in Cullercoats, a small seaside town also in the North East of England (It appears in his books as ‘Culvercot’). After University, he moved to London and became a journalist and then, after a few years, a television producer. He now lives in London with his family, tropical fish and border collie, Jess.

When We Got Lost in Dreamland by Ross Welford review — living the dream |  Saturday Review | The Times

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