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Birthday of HG Wells is celebrated at Bromley central library

PUBLISHED: 10:41 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:49 28 September 2016

Award-winning author Christopher Priest was in attendance. Credit: HG Wells Society.

Award-winning author Christopher Priest was in attendance. Credit: HG Wells Society.

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Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of the local author

Third right: Paul Allen, the chair of the HG Wells SocietyThird right: Paul Allen, the chair of the HG Wells Society

The life of the Bromley born author HG Wells was commerated at Bromley central library on Saturday with a series of talks to mark his 150th birthday.

Known as the ‘father of science fiction’, Wells was born at 47 High Street Bromley - now known as 162 High Street - on September 21, 1866. The son of a domestic servant and a struggling shopkeeper, he later left his hometown to become a draper in 1880 before eventually becoming famous for a wide portfolio of work including War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.

The HG Wells Society celebrated the anniversary of the local author on Saturday, September 24, with highlights including a talk by the award-winning writer Christopher Priest and a walk around parts of Bromley associated with Wells.

Known for his famous novel The Space Machine - a sequel to Wells’ renowned War of the Worlds - Christopher Priest has won numerous literary awards and is the vice-president of the HG Wells Society.

A bust of HG Wells was unveiled by the Mayor of Bromley, and literature fans also had the opportunity to view historic items from the library’s Wells Archive - including the first edition of The Time Machine and rare photos and letters of the author.

Paul Allen, the chairman of the HG Wells Society, said the author developed a great distaste towards Bromley when it became a Kent commuter town:

“Even though Wells imagined great futuristic worlds, he had a great nostalgia for the countryside and didn’t like it when the railway line came to Bromley in the 1850s.

“He wasn’t fond of the suburbia the borough had become - and instead remebered what it used to be like.”

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