H. W. Valerian is a pen name. I was born around 1950 and have been living and working in or near Innsbruck, Austria for most of my life.
I did English and American studies at Innsbruck University, together with a course in German Lit.
For 35 years I was teaching at one of our unique Technical Colleges and later, also at a University for Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule). And when I say teaching, I really mean teaching – always at the chalkface.
Ever since I graduated from university, I have also been working as a part-time freelance writer and journalist, working for a variety of newspapers, magazines and journals, and at some time even for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation.
I’ve had a lifelong interest in the English language as well as the history, literature, thought and everyday culture of the English speaking world. I’m proud to say that I have managed to pursue these interests tenaciously throughout my working life.
Now, having retired, I’m glad to take an active part in the Austro-British Society Tyrol.
Most of my writing is in German, of course; but for those who are interested – here’s a taste: