Howard RydorHoward Rydor is the pen name of Howard Gaukrodger. Howard was brought up in the south of England, where he attended Reading Grammar School. It was here he first dipped his toe into a puddle of childhood success when he was awarded in consecutive years the John Kendrick Prize for writing. He went on to specialise in foreign languages at the University of Loughborough, and later completed a PhD in computer-assisted feedback on English language tasks at the University of Waikato.

Howard enjoys exploring, and by the age of 25 he’d travelled extensively through Europe, North Africa and parts of South America. Cycling was his preferred method of transport. While this exposed him to many environmental and human-made challenges, it also brought him into close contact with countless wonderful people only too willing to offer him their hospitality.

In 1985, Howard established a translation and language consultancy business in Norway, where he lived for nearly 16 years. A tour of New Zealand then fostered a love for the antipodes and triggered the desire to emigrate once more. Howard became a NZ citizen in 2003.

His interest in writing continued with studies in poetry and fiction in 2014. Lufianblid: Global Dawning – The Countdown Begins is his first novel. Howard’s many travels and his immersion in diverse cultures and languages provide the inspiration for his writing, while observation of human and animal behaviour feeds his ideas for characters and events we can all relate to.

Now, as he participates in his son’s education and development, Howard sees the differences of child and adult perceptions of the world. An understanding of these perceptions is a rich resource for any writer.

Maluk, the hero of Lufianblid: Global Dawning – The Countdown Begins, has circumnavigated the world twice. He’s always popping out of Howard’s travel bags on planes and buses, and makes children smile wherever he goes. Maluk would be thrilled if his novel could make more children happy while contributing to their awareness of civilisation’s greatest challenge: global warming.

“When the subject of climate change occurs, it is almost always in relation to nonfiction; novels and short stories are very rarely to be glimpsed within this horizon.”

 


 

“And it’s vital we are able to read … and see what has been done – and is being done – in the world of ‘climate fiction’ (cli-fi, if you will)… this knowledge will prove most critical as a new generation of aspiring writers finally starts to address the startling gap in our cultural narrative, and help make the “unimaginable” consequences of climate breakdown real.”

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