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July 16, 2018

#003 Rewriting The History Books - Andy Kluz

#003 Rewriting The History Books - Andy Kluz

Welcome to another episode of the Inside Yorkshire Podcast. A podcast full of stories and tales from the people of Yorkshire. In this episode your host Susan Baty-Symes interviews Andy Kluz a former journalist, interviewer, documentary maker and writer.  Andy talks to us about his life in Yorkshire as a broadcaster and documentary maker and how he has now turned his hand to writing. His recent book, Fire of God, asks us to ponder on what might have happened if King Harold had survived the Battle of Hastings.

Susan and Andy dive into the humble beginnings of Andy’s career in journalism and how a chance meeting opened the door for an esteemed career at the ‘Northern Echo’ in Darlington. Andy explains how after hitchhiking across Europe he felt the call of both Yorkshire and a career in Broadcasting as he secured a job at radio Tees until 1990 before being headhunted by Tyne Tees.

Susan moves on to ask Andy about the interesting story behind his barn conversion in Richmond and how his home in the sprawling Yorkshire countryside could possibly be one of the oldest houses around with a core dating back to the 13th/14th century.

Finally, Susan and Andy discuss his most recent book ‘Fire Of God’ an alternate history novel on the battle of Hastings, that poses the question of what if King Harold has survived the battle of Hastings? As Andy says... "I love alternate history, the thought in the back of my mind was always what if King Harold has survived the battle of Hastings?  There is some evidence from Henry the First to say he met a man in Chester who convinced him he was Harold. So what would have happened if he had survived…?"


  • “Yorkshire is god’s own country and I wouldn't live anywhere else.”  Andy
  • “My biggest pleasure - The railway story, told from the North East perspective.”



Andy Kluz - Fire Of God - https://www.amazon.co.uk/FIRE-GOD-Andy-Kluz/dp/0244323828


Susan has been living in Yorkshire for over 30 years. She is passionate about the county she has adopted as her home and she never ceases to be amazed at the wealth of talent ‘Inside Yorkshire’ and the tales that people tell.




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