The Alan Godfrey blog will continue below as and when Alan has
something to add to it.
Meantime I will be adding my own thoughts on the UFO subject on a
hopefully more regular basis.
15 May 2018
The past month is one where I am supposed to have been writing a new
book. Only trouble is - distractions. The bane of any author.
Life gets in the way, and I have had a few extra curricular activities that
involved a letter to a naional newspaper about something unconnected
with UFOs but that has almost kicked off into World War Three. Still I went
with my conscience and do not regret it.
Aside from that when I say writing a book, I really mean a few. I have a
number of ongoing projects in hand and have not quite decided which of
these dabbles back into the world of writing I will lock myself down and
That takes focus and in the unusually warm sunny days of late that can
get a little fuzzy. Summer and the UK are too fleeting acquaintances
Do I go with something bold and different? Do I return to writing about
UFOs AGAIN! Do I finish that novel I have toyed with forever? Should I
get on with the two projects I was half way through writing when Who or
What were they? needed finishing? They are very different from each other
and I have done a lot of research for both.
Then something else came up that has a built in timescale attached and
needs to be out by year's end.....sort of.
So no shortage of ideas. Just a shortage of action as to which to take to
Decisions, decisions. Never my strong point. But I will have to take one soon
and will let you know when I do!!!
12 April 2018
I am currently trying to build myself up towards my first lecture in many moons.
It is a rather daunting prospect.
Once upon a time I did these often every year and have given talks in some very
In a casino on the Australian Gold Coast where the Commonwealth
Games are ongoing. At Wembley (not the stadium!). On the stage of a West End
Theatre (well I had to get one over my brother as he played the Cavern Club in
Liverpool in the 60s and his group are named on a plaque.
And the planetarium at Jodrell Bank raising money for charity.
Even once at an RAF base where people flew in fighter jets to be there rather than the
number 9 bus!
What I loved was doing free talks at libraries and school projects as I trained as a
school teacher but was scuppered in my ambitions by my very odd life
getting in the way.
I did do a 'virtual' talk to the 50th anniversary BUFORA conference in London six years
ago. But that was less than successful via the vagaries of Skype - not at all an ideal
medium to try to talk to a roomful of people from another country (Wales!)
So the last real lectures I did were at bookshops in Ramsey and Douglas on my most
favourite of places - the Isle of Man - on an absolutely awful weekend in November
2003 when it poured down non stop. I was promoting the last book that I wrote
Supernatural Isle of Man which had just been released.
My mum had had a major stroke a few weeks earlier and was not yet home but I was
committed to doing this work and so they became my last public ventures for the
next 15 years.
That book is still out (it was recently repackaged as a colourful tourist edition to sell
to visitors to this wonderful magical island). I have visited here many times since
first going there to a family wedding when I was about 7.
Now, though, I have agreed to do a real talk at an actual conference - in St Annes on
the Fylde Coast near Blackpool in October 2018. Though I nearly chickened out.
As yet I have no idea what I am actually going to talk about. At this rate I might not
make my mind up until I get on the train to go (only joking!)
Not quite sure if I am excited or terrified but I will let you know when I get a little
closer to the date.
By when I might actually have decided what to say.
8 March 2018
I wish I did not have to start my blog on a very sad note.
But today came the news of the death of Peter Rogerson at the all too
young age of 67.
Many of you may not have heard his name. But he was known to all
readers of the long standing magazine - MAGONIA - which was named
after the Jacques Vallee book Passport to Magonia and was a pioneer in
British Ufology by exploring the psycho-social side of the UFO mystery.
From the 70s until just a decade ago this small subscription magazine
looked at the bits of the subject that are from inner space, rather than
outer space. These are more important than you might imagine.
MAGONIA ran under the stewardship of John Rimmer
and Peter had a major influence on it with some of the most erudite
writings on the subject that you will find. He told it like he saw it and
took no prisoners. His book reviews were incisive!
I say that knowing he often laid into what I wrote but I also know that
- looking back - he was quite often not very far from the truth either.
He saw things long before I saw them myself.
It is always hard to lose someone of stature in the field, and especially
so young as Peter was. But the good news is that a legacy remains of
so many years of expert analysis.
Happily those of you not acquainted can familiarise yourself with some of
his work as MAGONIA have a good web site that has archived some of the
best articles to appear over the years in its pages to partly make up
for the disappearance of the journal itself a few years ago.
When you have a few minutes check it out at:
ALAN GODFREY'S BLOG
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
ABOUT FEATURED BOOKS
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BLOG BY ALAN GODFREY TAKING YOU
THROUGH PUBLICATION AND BEYOND
Alan Godfrey on Monday 23 October 2017. The new print run of Who or What Were They? has just been
delivered and here he is signing and posting off copies ordered from e bay books. Lots of them as you see.
So for those waiting - your copy is on its way!
Some shots from the signing sessions held by Alan Godfrey at the Golden Lion in
Here is Alan with some of the many happy purchasers of Who or What Were
They? on the sell out launch weekend of 14/15 October 2017. See Alan's blog
post below for a report.
ALAN GODFREY 18 October 2017
It is good to report that the book is selling really well. Thank you so much to all
who turned up at the launch event at the Golden Lion last Saturday and Sunday.
It was so nice to see you all there.
Indeed it was great to be able to catch up with old friends who have stood by
me over the years and to meet many new ones and hear some of your own
stories. Together we can hopefully change how people think about the
credibility of those who tell what we saw 'out there'.
So do not be afraid to tell the truth.
The first print run completely sold out by the end of the book signing
sessions and I have a large list of orders on the e bay site waiting to post out
when my new order arrives back from the printers. They are getting these to me
as fast as possible so hopefully you should all start receiving your copies in a
week or so.
Thank you for your patience as I had no idea so many would be interested.
I have been really touched by the response from many of those who say they
have read the book from cover to cover and some even told me they could not
put it down and had to read right through to the end.
Also thank you to everybody who tells me that you are recommending it to
friends. WOW. That is such a compliment.
Oh, and I really do want to thank Jenny Randles for the brilliant job she did
helping me to get this book into such a readable form. It was a new experience
for both of us to create a book from start to finish. Jenny was used to writing a
book and then promoting it once released but letting her publisher handle the
hard part in the middle. It was quite an experience learning how to and
then watching it evolve over the past few months as we figured out how to do
the creative bit.
Which also was in large part thanks to my grandson Jack Cougill and his
marvellous cover art that really catches the eye. He worked hard to get this
right and has a great future ahead of him. I am so proud.
I also want to say thank you to those people who told their stories in my book.
Mike Sacks and Bobby Coates for example. They deserve a round of applause for
being brave and speaking out.
I even signed a couple of copies of 'The Pennine UFO Mystery' - the book Jenny
and I worked on together about the broader Pennine sightings way back in 1983.
So not all copies of that 34 year old book have disappeared - rare as I know it is
Though as you will read in my new book our writing of that book was not
without 'interference' from others!
I am really looking forward to more public appearances in the future, such as
the two conferences I will be talking at next Summer.
More details on those events coming soon.
ALAN GODFREY 29 September 2017
Well not long to go before my book signing on the 14th/15th October in
I am getting a bit nervous now as I have never written a book before - never
mind done anything like a signing. This has put a little more pressure on me,
but that is all good. Interest is high so I have ordered an extra 50 copies of the
book which means I now have 200 in print.
There has been an over whelming response from people around the country
who are coming from far and wide to the bookstore. I think I will end up with
hand cramp before the week-end is over.
It will be nice to meet all these people and expect there will be more events to
I am expecting the books to arrive around the 5th,6th October from the printers
and then I will have a week to prepare. So no pressure!
I have also been invited to speak at both the UFO Truth Magazine Conference
next September in Yorkshire and also the Outer Limits Magazine conference in
Hull the same month. More details on both these events in here as soon as they
Could be a very busy year ahead. More soon.