Apologies for the slightly long break, faithful ‘Dragon Liners’. I was away on a course last week and found that I had very little time to do any posts to the blog. Never mind, I’ve returned with a bit of a vengeance – and this time I’ve found something with direct relevance to the novel.
I saw this article on Twitter the other day and did actually ‘retweet’ it straight away. However, I thought it was worth a feature in its own right, hence this post! The article comes from WalesOnline and features a warning that rising sea levels due to global warming could lead to severe coastal erosion and flooding both in North and South Wales (the novel is largely set in North Wales.) In fact, it is feared that whole seaside towns could disappear as a result of this threat. This could include such towns as Conwy and Llandudno, located on exactly the same stretch of coastline featured in Dragon Line. One of the chapters depicts a landing by raiders on a beach near to these two towns – and at this location, a once thriving village is depicted as having become deserted due to the threat posed by the encroaching sea.
I had read somewhere previously that this area might not be vulnerable to rising sea levels when doing my research. So I’d used a bit of ‘artistic licence’ in this case to at least try and demonstrate some of the possible looming perils from Climate Change in the context of the story. This article seems to suggest that I might not be far from the mark!
Not that I would want to see this happen to the Welsh coastal dwellers. Wales is a country for which I have deep affection, one of the reasons for locating the novel in this blessed little country. However, it looks as though no-one could be safe from the ravages of Climate Change when it really starts to kick in!
Lets hope I’m proven wrong with my story scenario!