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Light In The Lantern: With Felicity Banks

Salutations, my fellow travellers: men, women, and wondrous creatures all!

As we face the long dark of this plague-infested season, it is time to brighten the glow of our lanterns, shining all the brighter against the black, and warming one another. My name is Felicity Banks and my lantern is my books.

Tonight is my shift, and I must brighten the watchtower lantern lest we be over-run. Even now, I see the unmasked hordes approaching across the hills, decrying all humanity and running roughshod over the authority of SCIENCE.

There is still hope to be had, and even joy. Because I might not be able to change the minds of the mindless, but I can write a mighty fine yarn. If you love steampunk adventures with bonus magic, you can read my entire steampunk trilogy on your device of choice, or buy signed copies directly from me at

There are horrid apparitions gnawing on my extremities but I’m doing my best to kick them off, knowing that the sun will shine again one day. I hope you can do the same.

Although the pen is mightier than the sword, my books can only bring a certain amount of light (and my critics say they don’t burn especially well) so I’m wading into a larger battle—specifically, the battle to combat global injustice.

I’ve joined the crack soldiers of the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, and gathered a squad around me in order to support refugees coming to my home city of Canberra. If all goes well, we can even venture forth into bringing newer, more desperate refugees over the seas as early as 2021.

If you’d like to buy my books, please do (

If you’d like to send me alms in order to support this latest endeavour, I would be especially grateful, and my own hopeful lantern would blaze bright enough to light shores other than my own.

You can contact me, or PayPal any amount, at

Soup of the day: With Collin the Octopus

Hello! Mrs Albert Baker here, otherwise known as The Last Witch Of Pendle. Obviously there is no Pendle any more, since The Chronic Agronauts utterly destroyed it with treacle and sprats, but Ive set myself up quite nicely here in Lancaster, running this little soup kitchen for the street urchins. There certainly are a lot of them and Im always looking for helping hands to cook up and serve something delicious!

I am extremely happy this morning to welcome my dear friend Collin the Octopus who has made the long trek out of bed, down the stairs and across the street to my little kitchen to tell you all about something rather exciting that he will be taking part in this summer. Good morning Collin!

Good morning Mrs Baker, thankyou so much for letting me come and help in the soup kitchen today.

That’s quite alright my dear, your tentacles are extremely helpful when chopping up the vegetables. But while our lovely soup is simmering away why don’t you tell us all what you are going to be up to over the next few weeks – aside from selling lemonade that is!

Yes of course! This summer I am going to be travelling the globe, visiting some of my fabulous friends and having tea with them in order to raise awareness for the charity RMH at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. It’s a Free Home Away From Home for the families of children staying in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. It costs the charity £25 for one family to stay for one night in this facility and without it many families would not be able to visit their ill children every day.

That sounds like a very god cause Collin, but why have you chosen that charity in particular?

Well, when Penny’s  daughter was diagnosed with a life threatening condition the only place she could be treated was Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool – many miles away from her own home. The family  were paying over a hundred pounds each day in taxi fares trying to visit her and arrange childcare for their other children.

Thankfully they were assessed as being eligible for free accommodation at RMH in the grounds of the hospital. This meant that they could all stay on site and so their daughter had her whole family around her and both parents could be with her during her scans and operation knowing that the other children were safe and cared for nearby by their grandmother.

Fortunately Penny’s daughter made a full recovery and was soon able to continue her care at home, I can only imagine how much more vital the free facilities at RMH become when a child requires long term admission or has an illness which is terminal.

Indeed! And if your story has inspired some of us here to make a donation to support this worthy cause, how can we do that?

Well, you can donate by visiting my Just Giving page right here…

No amount is too small… or indeed too large! Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Marvellous! Well I hope you enjoy your working holiday Collin, will you send us a postcard?

Of course! I will be posting photographs of all my RMH At Alder Hey Tea Parties right here on the blog  throughout the month of August, along with updates of how much money has been raised.

Splendid, well I hope you have a marvellous time Collin and I hope that, if our little blog here has entertained or aided you in any way over the last few months you will consider making a donation to this very worthy cause. Now then, let us start dishing up some soup!

The soup kitchen will be closed now for the summer, as all the poor dear urchins will be out on the streets selling lemonade for that monster Montmornecy, but I will see you all again in september and don’t forget, if you would like to come and visit me in the soup kitchen do drop me an email at and we can arrange something for the autumn.

Until then, blessings on your brew my dears!

Tea @ Three: Antiquated Discoveries

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome, once again, to Max and Collin’s, catastrophically cat-ridden yet still charmingly chi chi parlour located in the splendidly scenic city of Lancaster, Mor Ire.  

True, perhaps, some have called it a perilous pit of depravity populated by monsters whose morals follow the wild swinging arc of Time’s own pendulum,  but we consider that such people are merely embittered that they have not yet received an invitation.

You find us, on this bleak and bewildering afternoon still having kittens about our desperate cat situation to the end that Max is now standing on the makeshift balcony screaming ‘Who will rid us of these cats?’

Meanwhile I am going to light a pipe and see if we can smoke them out.

Oh, but enough of this feline foolishness, despite our desperate situation it is undeniably Thursday Afternoon and we are All Punked Up With No Place To Go so let me see if I can find the society papers, beneath the writhing piles of fur and claws, and desipher where the action is this weekend…

Steampunks in Space is taking place at the National Space Centre on 12th – 13th November  and on 12th November there is also the alternative steampunks in space at the old horse ‘clockwork infirmary’

And looking a little further ahead, on the 18th , 19th and 20th November we have the  Haworth steampunk weekend

But before we hit the town, there is just a little time left to kick our tentacles up on the table with a good book and an energising cup of Firefly browncoat pilot’s blend by Friday teas. Fortunately the 5th of November saw the release of Den Of Antiquity – the new Steampunk Story Collection by members of The Steampunk Empire’s ‘Scribbler’s Den’ . The collection includes stories  by Karen J Carlisle, Jack Tyler, Alice E Keyes,  Bryce Raffle , Kate Philbrick, E.C. Jarvis , Neale Green , N.O.A. Rawle , Steve Moore , William J Jackson , B.A. Sinclair and David Lee Summers and all the proceeds are being donated to the International Red Cross so if you haven’t already got your tentacles on a copy, there’s a very good reason to do so!

We will be back in the parlour on monday but please do stop by and visit Peril in his lovely library tomorrow where he will be sharing something of Momentous Magnitude…hopefully it isn’t his Tiffin bill… so, until we see you next please be always,

Utterly Yourself.