It’s the 150th anniversary of the birth of HG Wells this year – and the 70th anniversary of his death as well. He may have lived for only a short time in Woking, but he put the town well and truly on the map by beginning his world-famous sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds on Horsell common, the place where his Martian invasion force lands. Wells lived in a small semi-detached villa in Maybury Road facing the railway line, “where all night long the goods trains shunted and bumped and clattered without serious effect upon our healthy slumbers”. He had a good word to say for the nearby Basingstoke canal … “Close at hand in those days was a pretty and rarely used canal amidst pine woods, a weedy canal, beset with loosestrife, spiraea, forget-me-nots, and yellow water lilies, upon which one could be happy for hours in a hired canoe”. But The War of The Worlds is why we remember Wells in Woking. Over the next few months there is packed calendar of events commemorating the man and his book, and culminating in the unveiling of a statue of Wells in the town. The HG Wells Society is staging a three-day international conference on the great man in Woking in July, and you can find a guide to all the upcoming events, including walks, talks, exhibitions and performances here. The Lightbox has kicked off the celebrations with its own exhibition – and Woking Writers Circle member Greg Freeman went along to take a look at it.