by Waen Shepherd, age 7

In September 1979, my parents and I moved to a small village in North Yorkshire called Fairburn. Two and a half years later, we left.   In that time, I filled more than 30 schoolbooks with stories, pictures, jokes, comic strips and, occasionally, even schoolwork. Somehow, over 40 years later, I still have nearly all of them.  This website is dedicated to those bizarre little books, and the life that little boy lived while he was making them. That's me, age 7

The Fairburn Schoolbook Memorial

TERM 1 A day-by-day account of Waen’s first term at Fairburn School
ENGLISH 1 A few tentative steps into a world of terrible writing
TOPIC 1 He knows the names of all the dinosaurs
TODAY’S HOT PICKS
September 1979 - February 1982 From Barbara Woodhouse to The Yorkshire Ripper - a day-by-day recreation of the Plastic Age The Time Fairburn, North Yorkshire An idyllic Northern village with a nature reserve, an art gallery and a motorway running right through the middle of it The Place Who was Waen Shepherd? A brief biography of a seven-year-old - his life, his loves and a list of all the diseases he contracted The Boy Waen Shepherd’s English books He seemed like such a nice, polite, quiet little boy. But then Christmas happened. And overnight, he changed… The Stories Waen Shepherd’s Topic books He seemed so normal at first, slavishly copying Ladybird books about dinosaurs. But then he started being weird… The Madness Everything Else History, Science, Geography… and a whole bunch of other stuff I haven’t had the time to upload yet. But I will… … and the rest
The Forgotten World John and Mick fall foul of some extreme potholing
Bonfire Night Shepherd’s first time at the annual village firework display
Sheet Lightning Waen and his Gran shelter from the sheet- shaped storm
TOPIC 2 The one where it all kicks off
TERM 2 The birth of the 1980s - Blake’s 7, Blondie and battles in space
Great Space Battles Three mighty empires take their first steps into outer space
In September 1979, my parents and I moved to a small village in North Yorkshire called Fairburn. Two and a half years later, we left.   In that time, I filled more than 30 schoolbooks with stories, pictures, jokes, comic strips and, occasionally, even schoolwork. Somehow, over 40 years later, I still have nearly all of them.  This website is dedicated to those bizarre little books, and the life that little boy lived while he was making them. Sept 1979 - Feb 1982 A day-by-day recreation of the Plastic Age The Time Fairburn, North Yorkshire An idyllic village with the A1 running through it The Place Who was Waen Shepherd? His life, his loves and the diseases he contracted The Boy Waen’s English books He seemed such a nice, quiet little boy… The Stories Waen’s Topic books He seemed so normal at first… The Madness Everything Else History, Geography, Science… and more! and the rest
ENGLISH 1 A few tentative steps into a world of terrible writing
TOPIC 1 He knows the names of all the dinosaurs
TODAY’S HOT PICKS
Clarke Hall The place and time where it all began… September 1679?
The Forgotten World John and Mick fall foul of some extreme potholing
Bonfire Night Shepherd’s first time at the annual village firework display
Christmas 1979 Can Waen last the night without opening his presents?
Sheet Lightning Waen and his Gran shelter from the sheet- shaped storm
String Orchestra The Council Orchestra play a few old favourites

The Fairburn

Schoolbook Memorial

by Waen Shepherd, age 7

That's me, age 7
TERM 1 A day-by-day account of Waen’s first term at Fairburn School
TERM 2 The birth of the 1980s - Blake’s 7, Blondie and battles in space
TOPIC 2 The one where it all kicks off
Great Space Battles Three mighty empires take their first steps into outer space