History All Around Us

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More old-style awesomeness from Otley, from last year’s town carnival.

I recently discovered that the street I live on is named after the owner of a Victorian iron works, which used to be at the end of the road. Now when I see that name it evokes a whole host of associations, reminding me of the printing press production industry that was once here in Otley, of an earlier era in the life of the town. That’s one of the great things about history – it’s always around us, often in the little details, and it doesn’t have to be big to make life a little more interesting.

Woolly Demons! Another Lego Book Illustration

Drugged and cast out on the Yorkshire Moors by the villainous Abbot Arnulf, Sir Richard de Motley finds himself battling a throng of fluffy demons.
Drugged and cast out on the Yorkshire Moors by the villainous Abbot Arnulf, Sir Richard de Motley finds himself battling a throng of fluffy demons.

Continuing my new hobby of making scenes from my stories out of Lego, this week’s production is from the story ‘Leprosaria’ in my fantasy short story collection By Sword, Stave or Stylus, which is free on Amazon today – why not go download a copy and find out how Sir Richard got into this mess.