About

I’m an English teacher and writer and have been teaching for a very long time. In fact, teaching is the only real job I’ve had, apart from my many years adventuring and travelling, when, I was among many things, a cow farmer, a busker, a guitar teacher, a gardener, an unskilled labourer and… a teacher.

I tried very hard to take myself too seriously for a long time and it was a lot of fun. Now, I’m back to what I like, a mix of fantasy and sci-fi. I’ve been profoundly influenced by the galaxy’s greatest comic 2000ad, John Wyndham, Dungeons and Dragons, Billy Bragg and the pub Nellies in Beverley.

I ride my push bike to work, go running, look after my kids, think about monsters and huge robots, drink warm beer and play the guitar.

My first novel ‘Warmstone’ is a father and son tale with Vikings, and ancient, mechanical giants in a frozen world. It was described as ‘The Road meets Game of Thrones’.you can get yourself a copy by clicking the picture or clicking here.

My latest book ‘Painted Dog’, is set in the deep jungles of Papua New Guinea where I spent two years as a young volunteer teacher in my twenties. It’s about a Yungum tribesman and his dog and is due out in November 2016.

I also sing and play washboard in the greatest progressive skiffle band in the world, Black Kes https://www.facebook.com/blackkessupergroup/ , but that’s another story.

brown warmstone

I won’t get onto it now but I also play washboard in a legendary skiffle band….

 


8 Comments on “About”

  1. Narelle says:

    Thanks for your fantastic teaching resources and wealth of ideas! I’m a little bit sad that I didn’t find your blog sooner. I’ve got four weeks until the end of my 6-year teaching career (going to open an Aussie pub next). Keep up the good work!🙂

  2. Chris Speck says:

    Thanks Narelle, good luck the Aussie pub! Sounds fantastic! You in the UK?

  3. dave says:

    Excellent blog, Chris! So many superb ideas! I stumbled across it researching an article I am writing about smartphone use in EFL classes. Can I reference this blog in the article?

  4. David Clayton says:

    Hi Chris,

    I would love to send you the article. Can you tell me what format you would prefer and where to send it to?

    Thanks,

    Dave

  5. Dave says:

    Ok Chris I’ll send it as a Word Doc in a couple of hours.

    Thanks

    Dave

  6. […] is an  English teacher, writer, guitarist and washboard […]


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