Somerset author, Andrew Powell-Thomas presented the splendour of the county with visual slides at his talk in Crewkerne Library. The audience were invited to explore the many places that make Somerset special from moorland, caves and coastline to the man made treasures of castles, churches and bridges and scenes depicting rural life from yesteryear. The former primary school teacher takes most of the photographs himself but also includes unique images from the archives, such as a 1898 photograph of Dunster depicting someone taking a photo or painting a picture of the castle from the Yarn Market.
Andrew Powell-Thomas began writing four years ago after the birth of his first child. He discovered that it was an enjoyable way to pass the time late at night and early in the morning, when he was awake on baby duty. He has written four non-fiction books; West Country’s Last Line of Defence, Somerset’s Military Heritage, Historic England Somerset and 50 Gems of Somerset, which were on sale at the library and personally signed by Andrew. Andrew has also written books for children, James and the Dragon and James and the Ogre.
Andrew’s new book for children, A World Of Colour is a collection of colour poems and will be released on December 1st. Andrew said: “I’m finding it exciting and interesting researching the area I live in. Every person I speak to has something new and interesting to share and exploring Somerset is great as I can take my family with me when I’m visiting the county’s iconic sites.” Free events continue at Crewkerne Library during school half-term week with Halloween activities for children, beginning on Saturday October 26th until Saturday November 2nd.