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Cops & Notebooks (my twin careers of detective and crime writer)

Talks - General Interest; Talks - Arts and Culture

Event Description

I was a police officer for 15 years, finishing as a Detective Inspector at Moss Side in Manchester. Really, Moss Side finished me. When I left the police I started writing, and have been writing ever since. Firstly, a memoir From Cop to Coppicer, and finally after 10 years, my debut novel The Trail was published ("an intelligent and pacy thriller," Paula Hawkins). In this talk, I will discuss how and why it took so long, and the influences of my police career on the narrative.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
James Ellson

Meet The Speaker, James

James Ellson was a police officer for 15 years, starting in London and finishing as a Detective Inspector at Moss Side in Manchester. He now wears two hats, crime writer and smallholder. His debut novel The Trail was published in 2020. “A pacy and intelligent thriller” (Paula Hawkins). He lives in the Peak District with his wife, and manages their smallholding, which includes bees and an orchard. He offers tours, and gives talks on sustainability, apples, and writing.

Preparing for the Event

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