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Brian W. Aldiss O.B.E. (39-43F)

I arrived at WBS shortly after WW2 had been declared. THE FAMILY HAD LIVED ON THE NORFOLK COAST - FEARING HITLER MIGHT INVADE, FATHER REMOVED US TO DEVON.
19 Jun 2016
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Brian W. Aldiss O.B.E. (39-43F)
Brian W. Aldiss O.B.E. (39-43F)
So I turned up at WBS for that first wartime term, when much was slightly chaotic.

I should say I had been attending Framlingham College in Suffolk.

It was a bullying sordid place I hated. In contrast, WBS was BLISS - I have always been grateful and set about immediately to write many short stories - which Geoff Bowler and I HID IN THE PANTRY DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

I enjoyed rugger and cricket. When the time came, I wrote all the sketches and poems for our Fortescue House concert.

I volunteered for the Army and served to fight the Japs in Burma, achieving the dizzy heights of Corporal. Home again after three years abroad.

I am now 93, and still writing.  I was always a writer.  Some 70 or 80 books of mine have been published, and are currently being reprinted by Harper.  I am also an artist. and have had two exhibitions, one of them here in Oxford, where I live.

I've also had two wives, both dead; there's a large family very dear to me - plus a loving and lovely companion, by name Alison.  (I have taken her to see the old school!)

All the best to everyone, pupils and masters alike! 

It's a splendid school. 

Yours, Brian
 

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