Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and fifty-eighth, is of writer, artist and photographer Andrew Reid Wildman. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Andrew Reid Wildman was born in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Influencing the way he expresses himself and also the way he perceives himself, the East Riding of Yorkshire has left a profound mark on this Englishman’s life. But, he did not grow up there.
His childhood rapidly became a kind of exile and this too, has coloured his creativity. His earliest memories of Yorkshire are sweet memories, but he also remembers the pain of being taken abroad and missing his roots. Currently living and working in Essex, he is a lecturer in English at a busy London college.
Andrew loves writing short acerbic stories, picking on the foibles of ordinary people and exploring the complexities, of social interaction; his home county often featuring in his work. Andrew Reid Wildman also enjoys painting in his free time and has been a best-selling artist, with www.artgallery.co.uk for several years. He has a Masters degree in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck University and as an interpreter and observer of human nature, is always funny, describing life in this beautiful area of Yorkshire through the decades, the people and characters.
In his collection of short stories from Hull and East Riding, Andrew introduces the readers to the tranquil atmosphere of Bridlington with its historic harbour, the lovely sandy beaches at Withernsea and the charming town of Beverly, with its cobbled streets, historical buildings and antique arcades surrounded by the unspoilt country side and beautiful towns. In his book Spicy Green Ginger, Hull represents the main setting and trough the book, the readers will find familiar themes and characters.
Spicy Green Ginger is sour and sweet, deliciously and wickedly misanthropic, and at times sad and tender. The characters are of course entirely fictional, but who has not felt like them at one time or another? For example poor Betty Bridgenorth, a hard-working, proud baker who is savaged by a nameless internet Troll and sets out to seek revenge? Or perhaps Edna Isenthorpe, who just wants to enjoy her train journey in peace. Some of the historical stories are based loosely on murderous events or legends from this East Riding county and the Kardomah Cafe.
And now from the author himself: