My Grandad, the Air Raid Warden tells the story of retired soldier, Reg Burt, who struggles to share his personal history with his grandson, Tom. Though he desperately wants to explain his past to his grandson, the dark memories of his years in the military have traumatized Reg to the point where he is unable to even vocalize them. He instead turns to a journal, pouring onto its pages his memories of the wars in graphic detail. Upon Reg s death, Tom s parents give the journal to their son, who is finally able to discover his grandad s arduous life, the grandmother he never knew, and the brutal wars his grandad survived. Steve Hookins brilliantly weaves this difficult story of family, memory, and wartime during the Blitz with ease. Also featuring a foreward from Mark Smith, curator of the Royal Artillery Museum, My Grandad, the Air Raid Warden, is based on a character Hookins developed over hundreds war education performances at the FirePower Museum.
Steve Hookins developed the character of the Air Raid Warden after performing for hundreds of visiting schools at FirePower Museum in Woolwich.