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Geoff Lee

Member Since 20 Apr 2004
Offline Last Active May 24 2015 10:47 PM
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#3127562 Rugby League linked event in Touchstones

Posted by Geoff Lee on 23 May 2015 - 12:11 PM

On Thursday May 28th from 11 till 2, there will be a holiday fun day for children aged between 5 and 12 in Touchstones. No doubt many of the children will be brought by a parent or relative and it is with them in mind that, as an author of five Lancashire based novels,  I will be around signing copies of  three of my novels One Winter, One Autumn and Two Season. I will also be talking to anybody who might be interested in doing what I have done, which is writing fiction based around my own life and time. My material includes romance, family life, work, northern humour, redundancy, stonies, football, crown green bowls and rugby league which I have been associated with since 1947.




#3086783 RIP Ray

Posted by Geoff Lee on 10 March 2015 - 10:39 PM

Unlike many posters, I was fortunate enough to have known Ray quite well as we did a lot of work together on our joint projects.  As a child he lived for a while a couple of doors away from my grandparent's house in Horace St. He went to Knowsley Road school like I did although around 7 years later. However I first got to know him well when he was looking for a publisher for The Petition and I introduced him to the Parrswood Press, who were also my publisher.

On one occasion in 2002 we even did a joint book signing session in WH Smith in St Helens sat at tables opposite each other, with me signing copies of "One Spring" and him "The Petition". We also worked together for a while on early drafts of "Rugby League In Its Own Words". After a while though it became clear that it wasn't going to be successful as a joint venture between me and him so we went  our seperate ways but never fell out and still helped each other and remained good friends for the rest of his life.

Rugby League has produced some great characters and he was certainly one of them. I was pleased to have known him and have worked with him. And if there is a place called Heaven, then he will be in his element now with all the old Saints who are already up there.




#3053207 More news about the Collectors' Fair at Cougar Park

Posted by Geoff Lee on 08 January 2015 - 10:30 AM

Yes, South Stand Loiner, I will have those books you want. Both are novels set against a strong though quite different rugby league background..

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"Rugby Football. A United Game" is based on the idea what might have happened if the Northern clubs had been in the majority around the time of the great split in 1895.

"The Glory and The Dream" is a novel set in the early post war period of rationing and shortages about a young lad growing up in South Lancashire wjth a dream to follow his Dad's success playing rugby league. Interestingly Roy Chesters fictional town of Garton is not very far from my fictional town of Ashurst.




#2986411 A very dodgy international trade deal is looming

Posted by Geoff Lee on 01 September 2014 - 08:17 AM

The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a very sinister trade deal currently being discussed in great secrecy. It is a deal that would give the multi national global corporations the legal power to sue individual governments for millions of pounds if that government took action that affected their profits.

It would for example encourage US health care companies  to sue any future British government if it tried to stop the privatisation of the NHS. Similarly with the railways.

Last Saturday over a million leaflets were given out across the country by around 9,000 volunteers but it would appear that there was little or no publicity about this in the papers or on the TV.

 

For more information about what is going on behind the scenes visit Stop the TTIP trade deal at    38 Degrees.org.uk/TTIPal ii




#2729179 Will Rugby League ever be popular in Wales/

Posted by Geoff Lee on 22 June 2013 - 05:11 PM

The long term future for the game in Wales and the popularity of the game in Wales is to be found in the game being played in increasing numbers of schools in Wales.