Peter Grant

Contributor: Peter Grant

PETER GRANT
Date of birth, 12 .1.1958. Liverpool.
Death (Oh, please, not for a long time)


PRESENT EMPLOYMENT (Trinity Mirror since August 1992)

BOOK EDITOR
Trinity Mirror Publishing, Liverpool Daily Post and ECHO
Work address: Liverpool Post & Echo (Trinity NW2), PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB. 0151 239 5978.

Responsible for writing, researching our own local and national books. Commissioning, budgeting and marketing of titles (please see attached sheet) of publications I have worked on and am working on. Developing Bookazines and working.nurturing new authors.
Researching innovations in the publishing industry. Working on my own book ARE BOOKS DEAD?

Content developer for Trinity Mirror’s Digital Platforms
Weekly contributor to BBC Merseyside and Radio City.
On screen media and arts correspondent for Channel One Television (Liverpool Post & Echo) – 1997 to 2002.

EDUCATION
Cardinal Godfrey High School, Liverpool – 1969-1974.
Liverpool Institute, evening classes – 1980.
Six 'O' levels: English Language, English Literature, History, Religious Studies, Commerce and Sociology.
RUSKIN COLLEGE, Oxford.
Diploma in English Literature, Communications and Public Speaking.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
1974/1981: National Girobank: Assistant editor Public Relations Division, Bootle, Merseyside, GIR OAA. All internal and external communications as well as editing Girobank News.
1981/1983: City Press News agency, Liverpool.
Features Editor serving national and provincial media including corporate publications for clients including University of Liverpool.
Contract Press officer for the Everyman Theatre and Liverpool Empire.
1984/1986: Tutor for exchange students Iowa University.
Editor Ruskin College News.
Oxford County Newspapers – Senior News and Feature Writer.
Oxford correspondent for William Hickey column Daily Express.
1986 /1987: Head of Press and Public Relations, St Helens Council. Responsible for team of five staff.

1987/1990: Freelance: Journalist serving national and provincial media – print and broadcasting. Producer Radio City.
1989: Chester Tonight, Arts editor / feature Writer and Diary Columnist. (Staff)
1990: Birmingham Post, Birmingham Post and Mail – Senior Feature Writer, (Staff)
1991/2: London: Freelance journalist serving national and provincial media, print and broadcasting. IPC magazines and The Guardian Diary.

AWARDS
Annual: Feature Writing, sponsored by private sector.
Annual: Feature Writing, BNFL .
Merseyside Media Network Award' for creative and fund raising work in aid of the Alzheimer's Society, Liverpool. 2004
Merseyside Media Network Award for Services to Journalism and the Arts presented by Bill Kenwright.
Communicators in Business Newspaper of the Year 2008
02 Media Awards Highly Commended 2008
02 Media Awards Highly Commended 2009

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
Member of the Merseyside Media Network (MMN) developing contact between all members of press and broadcasting – nationally, locally and internationally.

INTERESTS
Advanced Skills Creative (Level 4) for Creative Partnerships now Curious Minds (Merseyside) teaching media to Liverpool schools .
Visiting lecturer LIPA – Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts; Hope University and UCLAN (Journalism Ist Year).
I am a freelance lecturer on The Beatles.
Swimming, running and cycling – but NOT at the same time.
Art and Poetry: I had my first exhibition in 2002 – called Poartry – at the View 2 Gallery in Mathew Street opened by Willy Russell.
Cartoon exhibition 2006 and 2007
I am a contributing writer to Cities 5000 Publishing.
Stand Up Poet . . . working on an album of my poems put to music out in December 2010



Peter Grant Book Editor

(Production editing) where stated

Trinity Mirror Books

Spooky 1 by Billy Roberts (Ghost Stories) Production

Book Editor

Spooky 2 by Billy Roberts (More Ghost Stories)
Bigger Than the Beatles by Bill Harry.
Macca, The Saint and the Screen Goddess by Joe Riley.
Merseybeast: Ian McNabb (Autobiography) Liverpool’s Finest by Gavin Bassie. History of Merseyside Fire Brigade
Street Stars by Ray O’Brien birthplaces of famous Liverpool people.
Great Pub Crawl by Mike Chapple. Tour of Inns and Taverns.Award from the Guild of Beer Writers
The Magic Locker by Billy Roberts Children Book for charity


Production/Team Editor

Scousers – A to Z of the Merseyside Culture.
Dummy Bullets by Walter Huntley (Illustrations by Peter Grant and Cathy Roberts)
The Magic Locker by Billy Roberts Childrens’ Book for charity

Bookazines

Bookazine Editor

Liverpool Life (Nostalgia)
Farewell to the QE2
The Way We Were (Welsh heritage)
Maritime Tales (Collection of Maritime stories)
Mersey Christmases
Dockers
Hello Goodbye: A collaboration with the Daily Mirror
Scotland Road

Ghost-writing

Charlie Landsborough – Storyteller. (Autobiography)
Ken Dodd: Look at It My Way (Semi-Autobiographical Photo book)
Billy Butler; Mrs Butler's Eldest.
Margi Clarke: Now You See Me


Books By Peter Grant

Talk Like The Scousers.
Light hearted look at the Liverpool accent

Mersey Mastermind. Coffee table Quiz book

The Fab Four: The story of The Beatles by Peter Grant

Editorial Team

Nostalgia: Liverpool Decades Photo Books: 1950s; 1960s;
1970s and 1980s

Forthcoming

Bookazines: Solo Profiles John Lennon/George Harrison/ Paul McCartney.


Tip1 Be a good listener...
Tip2 When interviewing people respect who YOU are talking to. They will respect you back.
Tip3 If talking to someone on the phone be clear and concise with questions and (if possible) tape it with the interviewee's permission, of course. But always have a back-up of notes.
Tip4 If meeting someone in person for an article or a book, look presentable – make an effort, don't turn up in a Simpson's T-shirt and Jeans for all occasions. May sound like Grannies and egg-sucking, here, but wear smart clothes... again... people will respect you. Never promise an article will appear - sometimes they don't.
Tip5 Do a lot of research. Don't trust the Internet and Wiki. Always consult official websites.
Tip6 Don't try too hard to tell a story - let it flow. If it doesn't come naturally ....leave it. If in doubt about something – delete.
Tip7 Always carry a notebook or pocket Dictaphone (even mobile) to jot down/ speak notes - ideas.
Tip8 In these days of Hi Tech always use the spell check on the computer.
Tip9 Write from the heart.
Tip10 Enjoy / relish what you write because if YOU don't believe it or relish or enjoy it .... the readers certainly won't.
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