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Bill (William) Coles

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Contact: hypercoles@aol.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I am a journalist and writer. I've written ten novels on subjects ranging from the atomic bombs of World War II to the greatest and most enduring murder mystery of the 20th Century: the Lord Lucan scandal. Though I'm probably best known for being a reformed Tabloid reporter. I was The Sun's New York Correspondent when Bill Clinton was romping in Washington DC with Monica Lewinsky. I have lectured to thousands of students and hundreds of aspiring novelists - and for me, these talks are always the most enjoyable part of being a writer.

"This was a superb evening with an inspiring speaker whose enthusiasm and experience made it seem possible that we can all be writers" - Sheila Grant, Ayr Writers' Club

"When teaching my editorial staff, Bill had them practically eating out of his hand. They simply loved it” - Ingo Capraro, Editor, Die Son, South Africa

"Bill performs with gusto, without ever losing sight of journalism’s serious purpose” - Andrew Calcutt, University of East London

“Bill has never failed to grab my journalism students’ attention to deliver pithy, thought-provoking lectures” - Steve Harrison, Liverpool John Moores University

"An outstanding raconteur whose lectures are always greatly appreciated by our students” - Alex Lewczuk, Lincoln University.

(Photo credit: Colin Heggie)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Adventure; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Historical fiction; Love & romance; Mystery & thriller; Travel writing; Wars & conflicts; World War 2

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+