James Ellson

Location: Hayfield, Derbyshire
About me...

I used to be a police officer, starting in London and finishing as a DI at Moss Side in Manchester. When I left the police I started writing and have been writing ever since. Six manuscripts including a memoir, From Cop to Coppicer. And after 10 years of trying, I’ve recently secured my first publishing deal for a crime thriller (unsurprisingly!) called The Trail.
I wear two hats; in addition to writing, I run a smallholding. I live in the Peak District with my wife. Grow fruit and veg, and keep chickens and bees. I am a keen mountaineer, and I’m an experienced public speaker.

About my Talk...

I will bring my laptop and a USB with my talk on PowerPoint. I will need a screen, and ideally a projector (but I can bring one).
I can also deliver the talk ‘stand alone’ which is often required for After Dinner and Luncheon presentations or where the venue is not suitable for presenting an illustrated talk.


£50 Plus mileage costs if the venue is more than ten miles from my home in Hayfield, Derbyshire SK22; the nearest town is Glossop and I’m prepared to travel 90 minutes, possibly further depending on the size of audience and appropriate travel expenses.

My Contact Details:

07958 930049

The Postman Bought My Book: The Long Road to Publication

Public Speaker in Derbyshire James Ellson presents his talk The Postman Bought My Book: The Long Road to Publication.

My first book, a crime thriller called The Trail, is going to be published by Unbound in spring 2020.

It’s taken me 10 years, and my talk is the story of how and why it’s taken so long. The talk covers my writing journey from magazine articles on mountaineering, to an MA in Creative Writing, to soon-to-be published author, and also my attempts at the various routes to publication (traditional / independent / self-publishing / hybrid). And it highlights the route which worked for me.

James Ellson Contact Details:

07958 930049