Chepstow ex-headteacher pens take on story of Noah's Ark
2:20pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
PEN TO PAPER: Former head teacher, and artist, Keith Rowlands has now turned his hand to writing, his book, above, is written as Noah’s journal as he grapples with the problems of the ark.
A FORMER Chepstow head teacher and artist has turned his hand to writing.
Keith Rowlands, OBE, who spent two decades turning The Dell Primary School into an award-winning success, has launched his first book on the internet.
Mr Rowlands, 65, of Shirenewton, has enjoyed success as an artist painting landscapes in oils since retiring in 2007.
Now the grandfather of two, who also taught at Trellech and Overmonnow primary schools during his career, has put pen to paper to write Noah and an Almighty Flood.
“As a head teacher I would write for a wide variety of audiences, from staff to parents and children, so it felt like a natural progression to sit down and write 120,000 words of a book,” he explained.
“It is written as Noah’s own journal, penned day by day, and describes every mishap as Noah grapples with the task of building a huge ark, faces the pathos of leaving behind his fellow man and copes with an irreverent wife. He also has to deal with three sons and their wives, who all succumb to good-humoured sibling rivalry.”
Mr Rowlands hopes the humorous book will appeal to anyone aged from ten to 100 years old.
“Since I was always saying to the school staff and governors that a head teacher is a captain of a ship, it was apt that I should write this particular story,” he said.
The book is available to download on eKindle and Kindle Fire on Amazon.