‘Join multi award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter, David Nolan, to discuss his latest book Black Moss (set in Oldham!). Includes a talk, Q&A and book signing. (Books will be available to purchase on the evening).
David is a multi award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter. He has written a dozen books including Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, the true story of the largest historic abuse case ever mounted by Greater Manchester Police. He presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary based on the book called The Abuse Trial. It won both the Rose D’Or and the New York International radio awards in 2016. Officers involved in the case helped David with the police procedures featured in Black Moss, particularly the way the system deals with missing children.
‘It’s set against the backdrop of the Strangeways riot because that’s a story I know very well,’ says David, who won a Royal Television Society award for his documentary about the riot, the biggest prison disturbance Britain has ever seen. ‘I spent three and a half weeks outside the jail covering the story in 1990. It was an astonishing experience.’
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Black Moss by David Nolan.
In 1990, Manchester radio journalist Danny Johnston looks into the murder of a child while the eyes of the world are on the Strangeways prison riot. More than a quarter of a century later, he again takes up the investigation. Black Moss is gripping, fast paced, moving, authentic, and funny, too! Very highly recommended.
Back Door To Hell by Paul Gadsby
Jen and Nate work in a Snooker Club and decided to rip off their gangster boss. A desperate chase across the UK quickly ensues, with violent consequences. Back Door To Hell is a realistic and riveting slice of Brit Grit with marvellous, well-drawn characters and sharp twists and turns. Great stuff.
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER was a regular feature in the New Musical Express back in the ’70s and‘80s.
I always enjoyed it, so I thought I’d rip off the idea and revive it here.
First up is the shy and retiring DAVID NOLAN.
The 1975 – TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME
She Makes War – Devastate Me
Tracey Thorne – Air
XTC – All Along the Watchtower
Charlie Rich – Behind Closed Doors
Kraftwerk – Dentaku
Father Brown (BBC 1)
Sky Arts rock docs – especially
XTC: This is Pop
David Hepworth – 1971
Liz Fraser – … And Other Characters
Melvyn Bragg – Rich: The Life of Richard Burton
Anything foreign and violent.
The far north west of Scotland. I’m not telling you where because I don’t want you to go there.
If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be Tom Yum soup. That’ll do me just fine.
I love reservoirs, so this is tough. I used to have a MySpace reservoir fan page. I’m going to say Light Hazzles Reservoir, mainly because of the name.
Bio: David Nolan is the author of 13 books, including ‘I Swear I Was There’ and biographies of Tony Wilson, Bernard Sumner and Damon Albarn.
His first novel ‘Black Moss’ has just been published by Fahrenheit Press.