Sci-fi first for budding young author

Dominic Hodgson
Dominic Hodgson

A teenager from Bedford has published his first novel in the field of science fiction.

Bedford Modern School student Dominic Hodgson, 18, has written Gift of the Mancynn, a tale about a teenager who receives visits from mysterious figures. The novel which is published by Ravenswood Publishing is now

available on Amazon as an eBook and paperback.

Dominic, who is actively involved in performance arts at the school both as an actor and director, decided to be an author at the age of five.

He said: “I’m really excited that Gift of the Mancynn has been accepted by Ravenswood Publishing.

“I’ve already finished writing my second novel Archk of Angels which is currently being edited and my third novel is underway!”

Stephen Bywater, head of English at BMS, and himself a published author, said: “Dominic has been working on his tetralogy since Year 8 and it is wonderful that he has now achieved, with true grit and dedication, his burning ambition. His love of sci-fi and fantasy is embedded in every page and I, for one, have never read anything quite like it. It takes you to places and other dimensions, shakes foundations and nimbly overturns reality.

Dominic’s tutor Rachel Gleeson added: “Dominic is a hardworking, conscientious young-man who will be going to the University of Birmingham in September. He has received an unconditional offer to read English and creative writing where he is keen to hone his skills.

“His studies in maths, physics, English and theatre studies have all contributed to his writing. Dominic is passionate about writing and has written scripts for his theatre studies A-level as well as his novel, he would love to further his repertoire with screenwriting.

“We wish Dominic all the best with his forthcoming exams, with university and his writing career.”