Fiction

Pat Robotham has lived pretty much all over the north Midlands for the last 32 years, and even went to school briefly in his paternal home of Longton Stoke on Trent when he was very young. This latter event made a deep impression on a seven year old from the New Forest who due to maternal health problems had to go and live with his grand parents in what was a very alien and yet very individual part of the world.

The main lasting impression was that he could not understand a word of what his school mates said in the powerful potteries dialect used in the playground.

Having left life as an academic he now splits his time between writing, working as an artisan blacksmith.

His first novel “Scrap” was published in 2007 , described as a gritty contemporary novel set firmly in the Midlands in a scrap yard , it has received some encouraging reviews but owing to the limitations of the world of publishing, not too many sales.

Many areas of the country are now well served by regional flavoured literature. Thrillers abound from Tyneside, Glasgow, London the West Country etc. Other fiction concerns Manchester and the Yorkshire moors.

There is stuff from and about the Midlands but it tends to have a slightly unreal element to it bordering on “poking fun” at the people with the strange accent that does not seem to have the same cache as Geordie for example.

Considering the richness of the industrial heritage and the existing opportunities and activities that go on across the Midlands the options for writing fiction about it are enormous. If that is combined with the variety of settings from decaying urban to upland beauty the possibilities are endless.

Here are 3 stories:

Scrap

Overkill

The Chubb