Monday, 23 July 2012

A Little Bit of Synchronicity

Azalea in flower in Stapledon Woods on Caldy Hill

I've got into the habit of incorrectly referring to the woodland covering Caldy Hill as Caldy Woods, when it's actually called Stapledon Woods - named after the sci-fi writer William Olaf Stapledon.  I've only just learned this!  I knew he'd been born in Wallasey and lived in Wirral somewhere, but to find that the very woods where my fictional "last prince of the Caldy fae" AKA the Peacock King lives.  (How can he be a prince and a king at the same time?  It's a long story...)

I find this bit of synchronicity really exciting.   It was Olaf's books which first introduced me to sci-fi when I was in my very early teens.  I read Odd John, and went on from there.  And here we are, with me placing some of my stories in the very woods named after him!

See my photos of Stapledon Woods here.

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Ghost Encounters Paranormal Society said...

Olaf Stapledon was born in Seacombe, Wallasey in 1886. In 1920, as a married man, he moved his family to West Kirby, then in 1940 they built and moved into Simon's Field, in Caldy. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 1950. His ashes were scattered at one of his favourite spots, some sandy cliffs overlooking the Dee Estuary that feature in more than one of his books.