3 days in York – 33 things to do!

The real Diagon Alley or The Shambles - a 14th century cobbledstone street in York!<br /> 3 days in York - 33 things to do! ©VistBritain / Andrew Pickett
The real Diagon Alley or The Shambles – a 14th century cobblestone street in York!
3 days in York – 33 things to do! ©VistBritain / Andrew Pickett

So, last week, I introduced the city of York to you, including ten (10) exciting things you probably didn’t even know!

Oh, and if you didn’t know, where have you been?

 

 

 

Our very own Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally engaged!

You know how much I adore the Royal Family, not only doing documentaries about the Queen, but getting to hobnob with Prince William and Kate Middleton too!

I am delighted for them.

North America. You’re welcome!

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How I went to Liverpool, and I wasn’t robbed!
© Liverpool 360

As you know, I spent the Autumn visiting the UK and travelling around Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire! And Liverpool!

If you’re just tuning in, here’s a recap:

Ye-Ha!

And of course, if you want to read about Scotland and other British things, just follow the link here!

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YORKSHIRE:

3 days in York – 33 things to do!

Yorkshire, otherwise known as Yorks or the County of York, is a county in Northern England, and the largest in the UK!

Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire, are areas which are widely considered to be among the greenest in England, due to the vast stretches of unspoilt countryside in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors!

The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose, of the royal English House of York.

The War of the Roses – Elizabeth Woodvill (Rebecca Ferguson) – The White Queen

If you are versed in English history, you’d know well the Wars of the Roses between the two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster – a red rose – and the House of York – a white rose. If you enjoy watching British cultural dramas, you might recognise the name in the wonderful BBC TV series – The White Queen!

I have happy childhood memories of camping in the Yorkshire Dales, but this time we visited the lovely historical city of York!

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The Music Producer & Victoria on Bootham Bar – York City Wall – York

Ha! Ha! Ha!

You won’t believe it, but before this visit, I had never previously been to York!

I know!

Why you should visit Switzerland, and eat cheese!

It’s as bad as when I didn’t go to Switzerland, even though Switzerland is literally next door!

In order to rectify this, I reached out to the very nice people at Visit York, and they were great! We used VIP press passes in order to experience the attractions of the York Pass.

Thanks so much!

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YORK

 

 

York is one of the oldest cities in the UK!

York is a historic city, and like Chester, is also a walled one! It has a rich heritage, and has been around for more than 2,000 years!

It was previously an Anglo-Saxon trading port known as Eoforwic, and then became more established under the Romans.

In 71 AD, it was known as Eboracum!

Return of the Vikings – Wolf Burning

As far back as 866, the south of Northumbria – otherwise known as modern-day Yorkshire – was invaded and conquered by fierce Norsemen from Scandinavia, which is present day Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, known as Jórvík!

In medieval times, York became a most important political region via the House of York and an even more important religious symbol from which people did pilgrimages, and the seat of the Archbishop of York since AD 735!

Trains were an important part of the Industrial Revolution
North York Moors Railway – Yorkshire © Welcome to Yorkshire

By the 19th & 20th century, York was part of the Industrial Revolution that would turn the fortunes of Britain forever!

Today, the population of York is roughly 153,717, and is otherwise known as the City Of York, but certainly, not to be confused with any Cities of York ork Cities in the United States of America!

3 DAYS IN YORK – 33 THINGS TO DO!

My piece of fudge in York! 3 days in York – 33 things to do!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

1.  Ramble through the cobbled streets of York

2.  Put on some horns and be a viking for the day at the JORVIK Viking Centre

3.  Heave yourself up the York City Wall – the longest medieval town walls in England – and walk along ’em!

4.  Have traditional Afternoon Tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms – one of York’s best, and oldest places to have High Tea!

5.  Climb the magnificent York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe!

Victoria & The Tall Young Gentleman outside the York Castle Museum – York
©Frank Böster – The Music Producer

6.  Climb up the last remaining part of the intriguing medieval Norman York Castle – otherwise known as Cliffords Tower! 

7.  Visit Kirkgate (built in 1938) at the York Castle Museum, and put yourself in the streets of Victorian England!

8.  Search for magic in the original Diagon Alley and get yourself a bit of Potter memorabilia at The Shop That Must Not Be Named!

9.  Lose yourself in the historical street of York – otherwise known as the Shambles – a 14th century cobblestone alley, and the most medieval street in England!

10.  Invest in a York Pass so that you can get into many places of interest for free!

Horrible Histories – Vikings

11.  Scare yourself silly at the York Dungeon, where the Horrible Histories of York can be learnt, audience participate in the stories, and actors pop up surprisingly!

12.  Learn about the history of chocolate in York where not only is it an important industry, but it also has it’s own museum!

13.  Walk along the beautiful riverside in Bishopthorpe. Simply one of the best things that you can do, in any riverside city-destination!

14.  Go on the River Ouse, sail along on a river cruise, and listen to the history of York at the waterside.

15.  Explore life in the Middle Ages, touch, feel, dress up and hear, as you imagine yourself living in mediaeval times, as the Lord Mayor of York, at his 14th century home at Barley Hall!

 

16.  We all know Henry VIII, but did you know his father – Henry VII – who was the first Tudor King of England! Why not visit the Henry VII Experience to find out who he really was!

psst. If you’ve watched the BBC version of the White Queen, you’ll know!

17.  And while you’re at it, you might as well get to know Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, and also it was rumoured, the person who gave the word for the two (2) little princes (Edward and Richard) to be murdered in the Tower of London in 1483, and their bodies never to be found, until 1674! But is it true? Visit the Richard III Experience and find out for yourself!

18.  Hop on the historical train and learn all about 300 years of history at the National Railway Museum. And it’s absolutely free of charge too!

19.  Learn all about Guy Fawkes, and his 1605 Gunpowder Plot. Thankfully, he didn’t succeed, and every year on November the 5th, we celebrate that fact with singing, fireworks, an effigy, and a bonfire!

20.   York’s history is full of death, blood and gore. Join a sinister production of the York Terror Trail, and be a part of the story!

The Original Ghost Walk of York, believed to be the first exclusive ghost walk in the world!

21.  Go on a ghost walk. There are plenty throughout the city of York. We went on two of them! Not only did we go on a terror trail, but on the Original Ghost Walk of York, believed to be the first exclusive ghost walk in the world!

Gulp!

All you have to do is choose one, and go screaming through the streets!

22.  See great drama at the 270 year old York Theatre Royal. With a wide variety of performances, events, activities, and pantomimes featuring the UK’s longest-running Dame, there’s bound to be something you like!

23.  Have a drink at the Golden Fleece Inn – reputedly the most haunted pub in York. And see whether you actually see ghosts. Or something else!

24.  And if you’re full of courage, visit the Kings Arms Pub – said to be the most famous pub in York – otherwise known as The Pub that Floods –  due to the fact that when the city floods, the pub floods with it! It has even been known to have punters standing on upturned crates and floating in and out with canoes, so that they can keep on drinking! Now that’s what I call the British spirit!

25.  Marvel at the smallest street with the longest name in the world – Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate!

Victoria in front of the carousel fairground – York
©Frank Böster – The Music Producer

26.  Get yourself a home-made roast beef sandwich at any of the locally owned sandwich cafés

27.  Indulge your inner-child and take a horse-ride on the carousel fairground, which has been around for over 100 years, and is a well-loved York institution!

28.  If you’ve never had English fudge, you’ve never lived! And don’t even get me started on treacle toffee. I have very fond memories of almost breaking my jaw ‘cos of all the toffee, that I had bought. Yum!

29.  Go shopping in York. And why not?!

30.  Visit the farmers market and other traditional markets, opened on various days of the week, in York

My mojito cocktail – 2 for the price of 1 in York!

31.  Have cocktails during Happy Hour! We found a gastro-pub – the Slug & Lettuce York – which had fantastic cocktail prices. I mean, on the day that we “stepped in, it was a Monday night, the offer on was 50% Off Food Monday! And cocktails were 2 for 1, ALL day EVERY day! And with mocktails going for as little as £3.95 for a Bambini Bellini, thus £1.97 a glass, my pocket was very happy! We didn’t have our dinner there, but a few snacks and a couple of drink, certainly went down very well…!

32.  While in York, visit any one of the UK’s loveliest national parks – the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

33.  York is home to the Yorkshire Pudding! A Yorkshire pud is often served with roast beef, roast potatoes, a selection of seasonal vegetables, generous lashings of thick gravy, and is one of Britain’s most important food item, when having the all-important traditional Sunday roast!

Oh yeah!

So, there you have it.

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3 DAYS IN YORK – 33 THINGS TO DO!

My pint of beer at the Kings Arms Pub – The Pub that Floods – York
3 days in York – 33 things to do! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

This article isn’t sponsored, and even though we received VIP press passes, courtesy of Visit York, all opinions and the great #YorkAdventure that we experienced, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

I’ll be writing about my visit to the UK, and travelling around Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire! And Liverpool!

I’ll also be visiting Hamburg in December. Watch out on Twitter!

Yippee!

December is going to be sparkling!

Victoria outside Monk’s Bar – York City Wall – York
©Frank Böster – The Music Producer

Watch this space!

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3 days in York – 33 things to do!

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Exciting news! I’m travelling to the English countryside. Isn’t that spiffing!

Red letter box in the village of Stanton – the Peak District – Derbyshire

So Autumn / Fall is going to be just so exciting!

As you know, I’ve been hinting about where I’m going, and now I can reveal the details.

But first.

Top 100 Best Expat Blogs on the planet!

A couple of weeks ago, I was featured as one of the top 30 most inspiring expat bloggers in 2017!

And then not long after, I was featured as one of the top 100 Best Expat Blogs on the planet!

p.s. I’m number 43!

Me being a tourist in trendy Ximending
16 brilliant reasons why you should visit Taiwan!

There’s simply no stopping me!

Isn’t that quite inspiring?

I’ve never been featured by other bloggers before, so it’s a real honour in my book.

Go have a look, and check out the other expat bloggers too.

Thanks so much!

Back to the British stuff!

How to be British!

As you know, I’m The British Berliner, and the British part is the fact that my original home country, is England.

You know the one.

Ye Olde England!

That’s right!

That famous and historical city – Manchester!

My original home town is Manchester.

Not industrial steel Manchester, but the leafy suburbs of Cheadle!

In fact, not far from my parent’s home is Abney Hall Park – the inspiration for country house life, and indeed, many of the scenes – of Agatha Christie!

Makers Market in Cheadle Village

What I’m trying to say is that even though I sound as if I come from the manicured landscapes of Surrey, I’m actually from the North of England!

And what was once the suburbs of Greater Manchester in Lancashire, is also part of the suburbs of Cheshire!

Follow the path and route in Cheshire

If you would like to know a little bit about England just follow the links below:

And of course, if you want to read about Scotland and other British things, just follow the link here!

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I had plans to go to Russia…!

Let’s make a re-cap on where I’ve been to, in 2017 so far:

How to visit Amsterdam: Introducing Zaandam – a Dutch traditional town with windmills!

HOLLAND:

THE CZECH REPUBLIC:

Myself with ski leaders in Rokytnice nad Jizerou – Czech Republic

I went skiing in January, but I didn’t actually write about it. Oops!

 

Here’s what I wrote previously…

At the Vienna Opera Ball.
@ WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud/Couture Vivienne Westwood

AUSTRIA:

CROATIA:

How to visit the Balkans: Introducing Croatia – the dream of Game of Thrones!

SWEDEN:

A Swedish hotdog in Stockholm – Sweden!

SLOVENIA:

Slovenia – a basic guide to food!

UK:

24 hours in London: 24 things to do!

GERMANY:

28 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Berlin, I’ll never let you go!
Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner for Bild am Sonntag
©Christian Spreitz

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Now that’s out of the way, let’s move forward.

OMG!

EXCITING NEWS! I’M TRAVELLING TO THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE. ISN’T THAT SPIFFING!

All you need is, some strawberries, a picnic hamper & a bottle of Pimms!
©British Tourist Authority

I’ll be visiting Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire!

CHESHIRE:

Tegg’s Nose in Cheshire
©Visit Chester & Cheshire / NWDA

I grew up in Cheadle, a suburban village in what was then known as Greater Manchester, and when my brother and I went to university, my family moved to Cheshire.

Cheshire is an Anglo-Saxon settlement first thought to have been created by King Edward (Edward the Elder) in AD920. The county is in the country (the country-side) and is mostly rural, with small towns and villages supporting the local agriculture and industry, and so we have horses not too far away!

I’ve written about it before, but it’s such a lovely place that I’m going to show you around a bit more!

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STAFFORDSHIRE:

Walking on The Roaches – Staffordshire

Staffordshire is a county in the West Midlands of England.

It adjoins Cheshire to the north-west, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the south-east, West Midlands and Worcestershire to the south, and Shropshire to the west!

The historic boundaries of Staffordshire cover much of what is now the metropolitan county of the West Midlands, parts of Derbyshire, and in the area now known as the Black Country.

Black Country Industrial Scene
©Edwin Butler Bayliss (1874–1950) – Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

The Black Country is a region of the West Midlands in England, and commonly refers to all or part of the four Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. It’s so-called, because during the Industrial Revolution, this part of the country became one of the most industrialised parts of Britain with coal mines, coking, iron foundries, glass factories, brickworks and steel mills producing a high level of air pollution, thus turning the air black!

Staffordshire has many small towns, and we’ll be going to the  Northern part of it.

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MANCHESTER:

Imperial War Museum North – Manchester

Manchester really needs no introduction, but if you insist…

Manchester began as a Roman fort called Mamucium or Mancunium, in about AD 79 and was historically a part of Lancashire, and until the 20th century, became a part of Cheshire.

The lovely Just So Festival is an annual weekend camping festival that’s actually in Cheshire, but billed as Manchester!

Manchester is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the South, the Pennines to the North and East, and an arc of little towns surrounding it!

In fact, where I grew up, is technically no longer known as Manchester, but Cheshire!

Throughout the Middle Ages, Manchester remained a manorial township, but began to expand around the turn of the 19th century, brought on by a boom in textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, bringing extreme wealth to Manchester, and making it the first industrialised city in the world!

Now even though I’m a Mancunian, I haven’t lived in Manchester since I went to university!

I haven’t been back to Manchester for quite some time!

And that’s quite some time ago!

So we’re going to do some day-trips.

I’m planning to visit some cultural galleries and museums, check out the night life, drink cocktails on Canal Street – Manchester’s Gay Village – and chill out by the canals.

Yippee!

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BLACKPOOL:

Blackpool – A seaside resort on the coast of North West England!

Blackpool is a seaside resort on the Lancashire coast of North West England.

Blackpool faces the Irish Sea between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, and is 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Preston, 27 miles (43 km) north of Liverpool, 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Bolton, 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manchester, and has a population of about 142,065 people!

Throughout the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, Blackpool was a coastal hamlet in Lancashire’s Hundred of Amounderness, and remained so until the mid-18th century when it became fashionable to travel to the coast in the summer, for a bit of seaside air and the attraction of a sandy beach!

Beauty Queens in 1950’s Blackpool

Blackpool rose to prominence when a railway was built in the 1840’s connecting it to the industrialised regions of Northern England. By 1881, Blackpool was a booming resort complete with piers, fortune-tellers, public houses, trams, donkey rides, theatres, fish-and-chip shops, and was otherwise known as “the archetypal British seaside resort.”

Shifts in tastes, combined with opportunities for your ordinary Brit to travel abroad, affected Blackpool’s status as a leading resort in the late 20th century, and it fell to tacky, shabby decay.

In fact, I haven’t been there myself since I was twelve (12) years old, and found £5.00 in the sand!

Blackpool Rock & cheese!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – Blackpool – October 2017

I was enormously pleased I can tell you, so my brothers and I spent it all on Blackpool Rock!

However, lots of money has been ploughed into it, and quite frankly, Northerners haven’t been deterred by it’s less than reputable past. In fact, at one time, it was billed as England’s answer to Las Vegas!

In 1954, Blackpool enjoyed a tourist boom and attracted up to 17 million visitors a year!

Blackpool’s major attractions and landmarks these days include Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Illuminations, the Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Zoo, Sandcastle Water Park, the Winter Gardens, its sandy beaches, and the UK’s only surviving first-generation tramway!

We’ll be out there to see what all the fuss is about!

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DERBYSHIRE:

Winnats Pass, Hope Valley – Derbyshire

Derbyshire, otherwise known as Derbys or Derbs, is a county in the East Midlands of England.

The county contains part of the National Forest, and borders on Greater Manchester to the northwest, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the northeast, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the southeast, Staffordshire to the west and southwest and Cheshire to the west!

Fischer’s Baslow Hall – Derbyshire
©Baslow & Bubnell Parish Council

Kinder Scout, at 636 metres (2,087 ft), is the highest point in the county, whilst Trent Meadows, where the River Trent leaves Derbyshire, is its lowest point at 27 metres (89 ft). The River Derwent is the county’s longest river at 66 miles (106 km), and runs roughly north to south through the county, and Church Flatts Farm at Coton in the Elms (near Swadlincote), is the furthest point from the sea, in the whole of Great Britain!

A huge portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire and the Pennines, and we’re going to be staying in a cottage, in the village of Baslow!

Exciting stuff!

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YORKSHIRE:

Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK!

Yorkshire, otherwise known as Yorks or the County of York, is a county in Northern England, and the largest in the UK!

Within the borders of the historic county of Yorkshire are areas which are widely considered to be among the greenest in England, due to the vast stretches of unspoilt countryside in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose, of the royal English House of York.

The War of the Roses – The White Queen!

If you are versed in English history, you’d know well the Wars of the Roses between the two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster – a red rose – and the House of York – a white rose. If you enjoy watching British cultural dramas, you might recognise the name in the wonderful BBC TV series – The White Queen!

I have happy childhood memories of camping in the Yorkshire Dales, but this time we’re going to be visiting the lovely historical city of York!

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WHY THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE?

The Peak District

Even though it might not always look like it, we are actually outdoorsy type of people!

Ha! Ha! I’m not going to be climbing live volcanoes anytime soon, but we do enjoy horse-riding, sailing, hill-climbing, trekking, and rambling through the countryside.

One of the reasons that I chose Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire is not only because of nostalgic visions of my childhood, but also, because parts of it belong to the National Forest, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the North York Moors National Park, as well as the Peak District National Park!

Even though it might not always look like it, we are actually outdoorsy type of people!

Yep!

We’re going to be getting ourselves dirty, wrapping ourselves warm, and breathing in fresh clean wholesome air!

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ANYTHING ELSE?

It’s embarrassing! I have never been to York!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

You won’t believe it, but I have never been to York!

I know!

It’s as bad as when I didn’t go to Switzerland, even though Switzerland is literally next door!

Which way to the City of York?

To rectify that, I’m going to be working in partnership with Visit York in order to experience all that is best for an Original City Adventure in York, and the surrounding area!

We’re going to be using the York Pass, going on a hop-on-hop off bus, visiting historical attractions like The Richard III & Henry VII Experience, York Minster, York Castle Museum, and possibly, squeezing in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway!

Dick Turpin, the infamous 18th century highwayman!
©The York Dungeon

Since we’ll have a teenager in tow – we’re also going to be spending some time at the York Dungeon, the JORVIK Viking Centre, York’s Chocolate Story, and an interactive horror history experience organised by the York Theatre Royal! 

We’re going to have a wonderful time!

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EXCITING NEWS! I’M TRAVELLING TO THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE. ISN’T THAT SPIFFING!

Exciting news! I’m travelling to the English countryside. Isn’t that spiffing!

This article isn’t sponsored, and even though I’m working in partnership with Visit York, absolutely all opinions, and the delicious Yorkshire puddings that I’m certain to have, are my very own!

I have so much to share with you.

In the Autumn, I’ll be visiting the UK and travelling around the areas of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Manchester, Blackpool, Derbyshire and Yorkshire!

Yippee!

October & November is going to be smashing.

Exciting news! I’m travelling to the English countryside. Isn’t that spiffing!

Watch this space!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

Please note that there are now affiliate links (for the very first time) connected to this post. Please consider using the links, because every time some sort of accommodation or travel insurance is booked via my links, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!

A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

Exciting news! I’m travelling to the English countryside. Isn’t that spiffing!

Have you ever been to the English countryside? Have you ever been to Northern England? Let me know in the comments below!

 See you in Berlin.

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How to write and publish a book – Introducing The Bee Hive!

The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun - my very own brother!
The Bee Hive by
Simon Adepetun – my very own brother!
Buy on Amazon
Buy on Amazon

Have you ever wondered if you had the talent, or enough patience, to put all your ideas onto paper and pen? Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Here’s someone who did!

My own brother!

Who has written and published a book.

A real book.

A children’s book!

Published in paper and ink!

Ha! I’m his sister, so I get to interview him first.

Read on!

How to write & publish a book!
How to write & publish a book!
  1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? What were you like at school? I’m from Manchester, England but currently I reside in a Cheshire town called Great Sankey, in Warrington. I was very energetic as a child so I channelled such energy into sports, story writing, and creating pictures. In my teens, I wrote songs and sang them!
  1. Were you good at English? Yes, my talent outshone all my peers in this area, and beyond. My writing was very neat, stories different to everyone else’s, lovely illustrations created in boxes around the words. I absolutely loved it.
How to write & publish a children's book!
How to write & publish a children’s book!
  1. Is this your first book / Where did you get the idea? Yes it is. It was my sister who gave me the idea! My sister – The British Berliner who lives in Berlin, Germany, handed me a cut-off from an English newspaper (the Guardian), about a children’s novel writing competition. Up until this point, I had never written a children’s novel before, and I only had three (3) months left to submit it! The challenge wasn’t necessarily writing it, but conceiving an idea of what to write! One day while driving to work, I noticed a rundown shed, I pictured a few characters, looked at my kids, thought to myself ‘now there’s an idea’ …. and The Bee Hive novel was born!
  1. What is your book about? It’s a story of how two best friends, aiming to win their school’s scientist of the year award, stumble on a treasure map that they find in a make shift lab, which just happens to be an old Bee Hive. They reluctantly team up with one of the friend’s sister in an attempt to unravel the mystery of the map, and claim the treasure. Add the fact that two hoodlums appear from nowhere, demand back the map, prepare to do everything it takes to retrieve it, and you have a real adventure full of twists and turns!
How to unravel the mystery of the map, and claim the treasure! Ship @ Alina C photography
How to unravel the mystery of the map, and claim the treasure!
Ship @ Alina C photography
  1. How much research did you do? When writing a children’s book, it’s important to understand how children act in situations, how they speak, what makes them laugh, how children nowadays relate to their parents, and vice versa. With three young children of my own, and having been a Nursery, Primary and Secondary School Teacher myself, I’ve done all the research possible!
  1. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always had the passion to write. Since Junior-Primary School, clear evidence of my writing talent starting to ooze out! I guess it was while at University studying English, where I was the first undergraduate ever to win the coveted Kollaj Short Story Competition, and eventually graduating as the Best Creative Writer. It was then that I realised, “hey I could make something here.”
Back to school again!
Back to school again!
  1. Why did you decide to write a book? I’ve spent years writing short stories, plays, novels, and poems, but never concentrated on entering them into writing competitions. I wrote a poem titled ‘March’ and it was published on the UK poetry online platform, due to the excellent feedback received. I then realised, if I’m good enough for the feedback, I must definitely be good enough to write a book and get it published!
  1. How long did it take you to write your book? Just under three (3) months!
It took my brother just under three (3) months to write his book! Aaaargh!
It took my brother just under three (3) months to write his book!
Aaaargh!
  1. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I’m a husband and a Dad. Quality time with my family means the world to me, so I write mainly on my day off (Mondays), weekday mornings when the kids are in school, before I go to work, and late at night 23.00 – 01.30, when the whole family is fast asleep.
  1. Do you write full-time or part-time? I write mainly in my spare time.
He mainly writes in his spare time.
He mainly writes in his spare time.
  1. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I write when I can carve out the time, but I have a principle not to put my passion for writing ahead of my family. They come first.
  1. Do you write every day? Most days, mainly late at night.
How to write & publish a book!
How to write & publish a book!
  1. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate, longhand, or traditional pen and paper? I write on the PC that I bought in 2002 and it is still faithful to me, and very indestructible! I also write, and scatter about the house scraps of paper to scrawl ideas, before they vanish from my brain!
  1. What gave you the inspiration of a children’s book? My sister – The British Berliner – and my kids’ characters.
Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I'm about to sing! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I’m about to sing!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
  1. How did you decide on the characters? Mainly on my own kids. A little exaggerated, but every reader of the book both children and adults, will be able to relate to the characters’ experience.
How to write & publish a book! Your readers should be able to relate to the characters’ experience.
How to write & publish a book!
Your readers should be able to relate to the characters’ experience.
  1. Who designed your book cover/s? My Toni daughter, now 12, but 11 years old at the time!

17. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the creative process? Yes, because the story is unique, the writing technique, and the symbolic book design, all add to its quirkiness! It’s a children’s book written primarily for children, designed by a child.

The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun. A children’s book written primarily for children, designed by a child.
The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
A children’s book written primarily for children, designed by a child.
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  1. When did you write your first piece of literature, and how old were you? I must have written stories in drips and drabs over my early years, but Manley Park Junior School was probably where I really got into the art of writing. So I was about seven (7) years old!
  1. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I like to be with my wife and kids, spending time with them. Being around my family gives me no better feeling.
I like to be with my wife and kids spending time with them.
I like to be with my wife and kids, spending time with them.
  1. What does your family think of your writing? My wife and kids are extremely proud of me. They know I love writing so much, and this experience means as much to me, as it does to them. They have all been promoting the novel to friends at school, and colleagues at University.
  1. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating and writing your book? Two things: God loves a grafter and boy, did I graft for this novel! Secondly, be determined to go for it, no matter what it is you want to achieve, because if you don’t, you might think in years to come…”if only….”
Lots of graft is needed!
Lots of graft is needed!
  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be a footballer.
I wanted to be a football player!
I wanted to be a football player!
  1. Many fellow bloggers and writers would kill to get a hardback book published. How did you do it? I approached four (4) publishers with the manuscript of my book. They read the first three (3) chapters, liked it, and requested the whole book! All four (4) publishers thought it a viable venture and wanted to publish the novel, so I chose the publisher I felt, wanted me most!
  1. Some people are a bit put off by the hard work and loneliness of being a new writer, so where’s a good place to start if you want to learn how to be a published author, or a good creative writer? Follow writers’ blogs, let them take you on a journey from despair, to one of joy and redemption. A case of hard work, determination, the will to succeed, the “Yes, I can” attitude, and patience, is all that is required.
The work of a true writer is never done. There's just so much to dooo!
The work of a true writer is never done. There’s just so much to dooo!
  1. What is the hardest thing about writing? Conceiving ideas.
  1. What is the easiest thing about writing? Turning the writing into a finished piece of work.
How to write & publish a book! Turning the writing into a finished piece of work.
How to write & publish a book!
Turning the writing into a finished piece of work.
  1. How long on average did it take you to write this book? Less than ninety (90) days!
  1. For your own reading, do you prefer E-books or traditional paper/hardback books? Paper/hardback.
How to write & publish a book! I prefer paper or a hardback book!
How to write & publish a book!
I prefer paper or a hardback book!
  1. What other things have you written? I have written Agama (an unpublished novel), March (a poem), and several short stories and plays. I also have a self acclaimed blog.
  1. What do you think makes a good story? A well thought out plot. Great visuals through descriptive and expressive language. Believable characters.
The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
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  1. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I had an excellent feedback review for my novel – The Bee Hive from the writers of Amazon Kindle and my publishers – Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
  1. You work as a Sales Manager – How is writing a book different from writing an analytical report? At work, I have to follow certain policies and procedures. There are no rules connected to writing…just write.
How to write & publish a book! There are no rules connected to writing. Just write!
How to write & publish a book!
There are no rules connected to writing. Just write!
  1. What do you enjoy most about writing? The fact that I can create a literary world without any boundaries.
The literary world is complete and utter freedom!
The literary world is complete and utter freedom!
  1. Who are your current favourite authors? Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry).
  1. Which writers inspire you? Toni Morrison, Richard Wright , Ben Okri.
  1. What are your ambitions for your writing career? To be one of most creative writers to come out of Great Sankey in Cheshire, and the whole of North-West England!
Sheep in Cumbria - North-West England!
Sheep in Cumbria – North-West England!
  1. You live in a suburb in the countryside of Cheshire. What do the locals think of having a proper writer in their midst? They are very excited, and are very supportive of me. Not everyone can write like I do, it’s not often Great Sankey in Warrington has a mention, so they’re all very proud.
  1. Have you been interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch? I will be talking LIVE! on my first radio interview on Monday, May 16th, 2016 @96.5 Bolton FM and on Wednesday 18th May, 2016 at 10:00 with Chris Hajdar @96.5 Bolton FM once again!

Here’s a podcast recording of Wednesday’s radio interview. Check it out!

How to write & publish a book using local press & radio!
How to write & publish a book using local press & radio!
  1. What other activities are being done to promote your book? I have been visiting schools in my local area where I will do a workshop with the kids on “how to create a story.” I already have five (5) bookings! I have also arranged to appear in three (3) different “Fun Days” across Warrington where the public can meet me, purchase my book, and get it signed. My publishers will be launching their own marketing strategy which will include book signings, newspaper and magazine interviews, etc.
How to write & publish a book. Organise book signings, newspaper and magazine interviews - They are very important!
How to write & publish a book
Organise book signings, newspaper and magazine interviews – They are very important!
  1. Have you been invited to be a speaker or talk about your book? Yes.
  1. Where can we see or meet you and get a signed book? I will appear at Birchwood Carnival on Sunday, 4th June from 12:00 to 16:00, Orford Park Festival on Sunday, 12th June from 12:00 -16:00 and on Great Sankey Fun Day on Saturday,  2nd July from 12:00 to 16:00 on my birthday! Several other locations are also highlighted on my website – The Bee Hive.
Let's go and see the writers in North-West Englaaaaand!
Let’s go and see the writers in North-West Englaaaaand!
  1. Do you have any tips for people who would like to try writing a book? Never give up trying, and stick to your own style of writing, because everyone has a unique way of penmanship. Be encouraged by every success story, as the beginning of any journey gets better as you go on.
How to write & publish a book. Stick to your own style of writing!
How to write & publish a book.
Stick to your own style of writing!
  1. Describe your book in one (1) word. Awesome!

I’M EXCITED! WHERE CAN WE BUY THE BEE HIVE?

I’m excited! Where can we buy your book?
I’m excited! Where can we buy your book?

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR!

Simon Adepetun - Author of The Bee Hive.
Simon Adepetun – Author of The Bee Hive.

SIMON ADEPETUN – AUTHOR of THE BEE HIVE!

Simon Adepetun was born in Manchester, and has lived in Cheshire since 1999.

He has a 2:1 B.A. (Hons) in English Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Theatre Studies from the University of Manchester.

Simon is married with three children, works as a full-time Sales Manager and enjoys, writing stories, poetry and songs, and spending quality time with his family.

That’s it folks.

Go ahead and buy the book!

HOW TO WRITE AND PUBLISH A BOOK – INTRODUCING THE BEE HIVE!

The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
The Bee Hive by Simon Adepetun.
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Buy on Amazon

This article is not sponsored and all opinions and the very excitement of my brothers’ first children’s’ book, are my very own!

Please also note that there is now an Amazon affiliate link UK and Amazon affiliate link DE (for the very first time) connected to the cookery books. I told you that I liked reading ’em! Everytime a book is sold via my link in Amazon UK or Amazon DE, I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself! A win-win for all!

p.s. Go ahead and buy his book or if you prefer to buy from Amazon.de, you can buy my brother’s book here!

Thanks so much.

In the summer I’ll be going to Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and possibly Russia!

From May 18th – May 22nd, I’ll be at the Berlin Music Video Award.

From June 2nd – June 3rd, I’ll be at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival.

From June 28th – July 2nd, I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week.

Save the Date!

May & June are going to be fabulous!

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & Facebook!

If you’re not in Berlin in May, you can’t be breathing!

Watch this space!

How to write and publish a book!
How to write and publish a book!

Have you ever wondered if you had the talent, or enough patience, to put all your ideas onto paper and pen? Have you ever thought about writing a book?

See you in Berlin.

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