Worldcon Report 16: Hadrian Fangirl

by Brenda W. Clough

image Both my husband and I are going through a period of severe Roman fandom. I am writing a time travel novel and he is doing research on curse tablets. So this day was devoted to seeking Roman ruins across the north country. Luckily Hadrian’s Wall is right here near Carlisle, and here is a piece of it. I took this picture at a roadside site on the way to Birdoswald, a fort on the Wall. For many centuries the Wall was mined by the local peasantry for sheep walls and so on, but now the nation has awakened to the tourist potential, and you can walk, cycle, bus or drive the entire length of the wall from sea to shining sea.

image We also stopped at the far western end of the wall, at Bowness-on-Solway, on Solway Firth. You can stand there and see across the Firth to Scotland. It is so incredibly beautiful here. And relatively deserted — this is the Bank Holiday weekend in Britain and I should judge that about half the population of Britain is in the Lake District.


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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.


Worldcon Report 16: Hadrian Fangirl — 2 Comments

  1. Alas, one must prioritize. I simply cannot see Roman Bath (nor Roman York) this time around. There are not enough hours in the day or dollars in the travel budget. I only return to Britain about once a decade. Clearly this must change.