About Colin Bell
Colin Bell 's two Brighton-themed novels are part of an on-going project writing about various eras in Brighton's modern history. Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love was published by Ward Wood Publishing in 2013 and was long-listed for the 2014 Polari Prize. It is set in the great hippie summer of 1967. His second Brighton novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames was published in January 2017 (Ward Wood Publishing.) It is set in 1994 when a group of Brighton's musicians and photographers look for meaning in the period between the Thatcher and the Blair governments at the dawn of many new technologies. He is currently finishing his third Brighton novel, Over The Hills Is A Long Way Off which is set over the Christmas season in 2016/17 and which is due to be published in 2018.
As a poet, he has been nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been published in the UK and the USA in a variety of anthologies and journals including The Blotter, Cinnamon Press, Soaring Penguin Press, Musepie Press, A Kind of a Hurriacne Press and Bittersweet Editions. His short stories have been performed by the White Rabbit theatre company in London and has given poetry readings in the UK and the USA.
He writes a daily blog on his website http://www.wolfiewolfgang.com
Colin was born in a Franciscan convent in Surrey but grew up in Sussex - everything that he has done, he did for the first time in Brighton. After half a lifetime in Manchester working for Granada Television, he returned to Sussex and now lives in Lewes, the urban equivalent of BBC Radio Four.
At Granada, after working in every department from politics to light entertainment, he became a producer-director of arts documentaries and then Executive Producer, Music and Arts making arts series for ITV and Channel Four and, later, for the BBC and for overseas broadcasters - American (WNET), Japanese (NHK) and German (WDR). His television credits include the ITV arts series, Celebration; God Bless America; My Generation; Menuhin's Children; Curves, Contours and Body Horns, and It Was Twenty Years Ago Today. He was Executive Producer of a number of international music broadcasts from the San Francisco Opera House, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall.