Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Ancient UFO Attack on Greenock!

Before tabloids, a broadside was a cheap way of printing and distributing (mainly) sensational or salacious stories. You can read loads of good ones here.

This one, as dated, describes strange lights above The Clyde...centuries before the sightings in Coronation Park and elsewhere on the river.

Could this strange sighting be related to the investigations of Sir Glen Douglas Rhodes ?Or had a few folk just had a bit too much to drink in the East End?

This broadside helped inspire my first childrens book The Superpower Project, published by Kelpies in February 2016...

With the help of a wisecracking, steampunk robot, two accidental superheroes discover that they have inherited some amazing, if unusual, abilities. Computer whiz Megan can fly (mostly sleep-flying, but she's working on it) while her best friend Cam can (in theory) transform into any animal, but mostly ends up as a were-hamster.

Together they must protect the source of their ancestral powers from a wannabe evil mastermind and his gang of industrial transformer robots who've disguised themselves as modern art installations on their Greenock estate.

It isn't easy to balance school and epic super-battles, not to mention finding time to search for other super-talents and train with their Mr Miyagi-esque were-tiger coach.Can Megan and Cam beat the bad guy, defeat his robot transformers and become the superheroes they were born to be?

The Superpower Project is available from Floris Books / Kelpies.

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