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Date(s) - 01/07/2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The John Moore Museum



Part of a series of special events to mark 50 years since the death (27 July 1967) of Gloucestershire writer, John Moore, as well as 110 years since his birth in Tewkesbury (10 November 1907)


Gloucestershire writer, John Moore, fictionalised his beloved Tewkesbury as the town of Elmbury and peopled it with a range of colourful characters, many based on real people.  He was an acute observer of people, absorbing their gait and style, their way of dressing and their way of speech; their individual likes and dislikes, as well as their special interests.  His characters were modelled on an amalgam of many, and some of his creations were quite fantastical.


Gloucestershire based, Andrew Taylor, is one of this country’s leading crime writers and the museum is delighted to announce that he will be holding a 3 hour creative writing master class workshop on Saturday 1st July, where the focus will be on how to create memorable characters in a novel.  Although aimed at budding writers the workshop will also appeal to anyone interested in learning the secrets of the writer’s craft.


Andrew has been awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger for excellence in crime writing, and is the unique triple winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger for his novels The Office of the Dead, The American Boy and, The Scent of DeathThe American Boy, a gothic mystery linked to Edgar Allan Poe’s boyhood years in England, was one of the ten titles featured in Channel 4’s Richard and Judy Book Club 2005 and was also selected for The Times Top Ten Crime Novels of the Decade.  His latest novel, The Ashes of London, was number one in The Times and Waterstones paperback fiction chart for 8 weeks.


From 2004 to 2006, Andrew edited The Author, the quarterly journal of the Society of Authors, and he continues to write The Author’s regular ‘Grub Street’ column. He is also the Spectator’s crime fiction reviewer and contributes reviews and features to The Times and elsewhere.


“’Andrew Taylor is arguably the most consummate writer of historical crime fiction today’ – Marcel Berlins, The Times


Tickets available from the Museum in advance only (limited spaces so please book early)

Adults £15 (Price includes tea, coffee & biscuits!)