Who am I?

I am a prolific writer of Science Fiction, Rock Music and alternative style semi-autobiographical books and fiction. I have written 49 books. If you’re looking for something different then you have found it! Just buy one from Amazon and see!

My influences include Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Captain Beefheart, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Hitchins, Roy Harper, Bob Dylan, Margaret Atwood, Woody Guthrie and Kurt Vonnegut Jnr.

I was born in 1949 in the Thames Delta in the deep South outside London. I grew up in the 1960s and was thoroughly immersed in the London scene and counter-culture. I was a student through all those heady days and lapped up the idealism and optimism of the times. We knew we were changing the world and bringing new sensibilities to bear. Those were the days that spawned feminism, the green movement, anti-capitalism and civil rights.

I was there through the whole gamut of Rock Music. As a kid I heard Little Richard on the radio and then there was the Beatles, Psychedelia and the London Underground, Acid Rock and the West Coast alternative culture, IT, OZ and a thriving Rock scene and cultural tsunami.

I got to see most of the important acts – Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Cream, Roy Harper, Captain Beefheart, Country Joe & the Fish, Muddy Waters, Pink Floyd, Son House and Bo Diddley – and hosts of others. I went to all the big festivals and events.

The 1960s counter-culture was not a fashion statement; it was a way of life. It looked at the boring establishment, the old-boys network, the stereotypical attire, the joyless lack of creativity, the conventions, religion, politics, blatant selfish greed, exploitation, inherent racism and sexism and looked to create something better. I was part of it.

We stood up for our ideals – the anti-war movement, liberation of sex, and the bringing of freedom and colour into a drab 1950s post-war society.

Then came Punk and the music went on and on and on……

On a creative front, having discovered that despite my passion, I have no talent for music, I went into the realm of writing.

In the 1970s the energy and creativity dropped out of the counter-culture. Earning a living loomed and I went into teaching where I stayed true to my ideals. I extolled the virtues of fun, freedom and the joy of creativity. I brought a bit of colour into the profession and did things my way. I must have been successful because I rose up to Headteacher and my school became one of the best in the country. It’s Open, Caring, Friendly ethos was mine and I proved it worked. If you treated young people respectfully and made learning fun everything would work. It did.

During the course of my teaching career I built up a large number of books. I wrote whatever took my fancy. I never wrote for financial gain or to get famous; I wrote what I was interested in, moved by or felt the urge to do. I produced Sci-Fi to alternative fiction and Rock biography and history – whatever I enjoyed. I always harboured a desire to make a living out of writing but was always more than content to be a teacher.

To be a teacher is a privilege. A teacher is the equivalent of the tribes shaman; the holder of wisdom, dispenser of knowledge. I was happy with that.

On the family front I fell in love when I was eighteen and married in a great event in the woods in 1971. We have been together ever since and have four very dynamic, individualistic and vibrant kids who are changing the world in their own ways. They fill me with great love and hope for the future. My five grandchildren are growing up and are enthusiastic, loving citizens of the world.

I believe in equality, tolerance, justice and freedom. I respect other people’s points of view and do not expect people to share the same beliefs as me. I work in my own way to produce a positive zeitgeist and would like to live in a world where there is harmony between people and respect for the environment.

I deplore violence, fanaticism, war, coercion and intolerance.

I love smiles, love, argument and beauty in all its many forms.

I am enraged and saddened by what we are doing to the natural world through the pressure of our numbers, pollution and destruction of habitat.

I now live in the North of England and continue writing and doing my bit to change the Zeitgeist.

51 thoughts on “Who am I?

  1. Good find for me too. I am 5 years less seasoned than you. I got tired of the crowds early, but did a lot of scene stomping before I found quiet woods to hide in. Great blog friend, and I will be back for more, if it’s okay with you. You’ve got great style.

    • By all means. Read away. Glad to have you on board. Communication is the highest attribute of intelligence. We talk, we argue, we grow, we tolerate, we think…..
      Communication can only be good.
      As for those books; I now have time to knock them into shape and get them properly published. They’re my babies. Theyu encapsulate my thoughts, feelings and imagination. I’ve loved writing them.
      Thanks for your comment. Best wishes Opher.

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  3. Chris, it’s late and I’ve just found your blog. Just to say really, really enjoyed reading it and found it all sooo interesting and relevant. I think I’ve got a lot more to read tho, not terribly familiar with blogs etc…..

  4. Dear Chris, I just bought a copy of your book A Passion for Education and I thought I’d let you know how much I’m enjoying it. You certainly had an interesting time at BGS. I’ve read several passages to John, who finds it fascinating, as it brings back so many memories of his struggles as a Primary Head He can’t wait to get his hands on it when I’ve finished. Wish I’d known you a little better in the early days in Hull, your views are amazing and I share lots of them. If only the rest of the world shared them, it would be a much, much better place.

    Lots of fond memories of Hull with Liz and the children, and would like to develop a contact with her by email. Do you think she would be up for this? Some of your photographs are brilliant. The girls are all wanting to know about you and Liz, and Jooby remembers you hurtling down Marlborough Avenue, Hester in one hand and Jooby in the other, at a very high speed!!

    • Hi Adrianne – thanks for that. I’m glad you are enjoying it.
      Liz is more than happy to exchange emails. She’ll write to you. She’s away at the moment. All the best from us. We’ve fond memories too!

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  7. Hi there. Loved reading, Who am I. Couldn’t finish it because hard to see on my mobile and the back ground, just doesn’t help, so will have to continue later, when on the desk top. From what I read, , I’m eager to read more. Many thanks.

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  9. Belated happy birthday, Opher! Just saw mention of this over at Calen’s blog.
    I was looking through your Rock Music category and saw you had a book, and wondered how getting that book on kindle would work from the U.S. since I know nothing about exchange rates, and such much. The book looks fabulous. I glanced at the list of artists, albums, and songs, and would love to share music back and forth. I do a music blog, The Monday Music Medicine Show, on, yes, Mondays lol

    Would love to talk music with you. I’m from the same time, and that was my era for favorite music!

    Fim

    • Hi Fim,
      I’m not sure about comments on a page. I’ll have to look into it. Most people either reply to the posts on the blog or the Who am I? page.
      I’m not very up on the technicalities or mechanics.
      Cheers – Opher

  10. Hello, Opher! I found you on the blog of Kent Wayne. I am a writer, too. It appears that you’ve been writing all your life! I really wished I had started sooner. Love the photos! -Pam

    • Hi Pam,
      Welcome!!! Thanks for dropping by and saying hello. I hope you find something interesting in my rummage room.
      Yes I’ve been writing all my life but never had time to hone it into shape. That’s what I’ve been doing following my retirement.
      Glad to hear you’re a writer too. What sort of things do you write?
      I’m also pleased hat you like the photos. Thanks.
      All the best – Opher

      • I have two e-book novellas that are science fiction. The first is more of a romance, as it started in response to a short story prompt, and I just kept on going! I hope I can find enough ideas to keep writing through retirement!

      • I’m sure you will. Once you start writing the ideas crowd in on you. I don’t have a problem over enough ideas. I have a problem over the time to write them. I need another couple of lifetimes to fit everything in.
        Best of luck with your writing. Write every day. Just write. Writing opens up the mind.

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