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Event at New Mills Arts Festival

Event at New Mills Arts Festivals

Cops & Notebooks

James Ellson will be talking about his debut novel The Trail and why it took 10 years to publish at the Spring Bank Arts Centre in New Mills on Thursday 16 September, 7.30-9 pm. 

Tickets (£5) at High Street Books, New Mills

and online  


About this event

James was a police officer for 15 years, finishing as a Detective Inspector at Moss Side in Manchester. Really, Moss Side finished him.

When he left the police he started writing, and has been writing ever since. Firstly, a memoir From Cop to Coppicer, and finally after 10 years and an MA in Creative Writing, his debut novel The Trail was published.

“an intelligent and pacy thriller” (Paula Hawkins)

In this talk, James discusses how and why it took so long, and the influences of his police career on the narrative.


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