Simon W. Golding
Shropshire, United Kingdom
Home page: www.simongolding.co.uk
Simon W. Golding started writing for national magazines; FHM, Cosmopolitan, Great Outdoors, Family Fun etc. and radio, including News Hudlines (Radio 2) and Week Ending (Radio 4). The publication of Manquito (Minerva Press) in 1995 launched Simon as a fictional novel writer, other publications followed, including Tally and Badged! Both novels published by Glade Publications; USA only.
A move into non-fiction saw the publication of the revised edition of the world-best-seller Killing Time (Lion publishing), written by Noel Fellowes - foreword by Ludovic Kennedy. The book follows Noel’s wrongful arrest and conviction for murder and his harrowing years in prison, before his complete vindication in 1985.
Simon has campaigned against injustice including The Guilford Four and The Bridgewater Four – both now freed following successful appeals. The author is currently working with Jeremy Bamber and his team of campaigners. Jeremy was convicted of the White House Farm murders, which allegedly included his adoptive parents, sister and her 6-year-old twin sons, in Essex in 1986. Bamber is still in prison and after failed appeals, even under the weight of evidence proving his innocence, the campaigners have asked Mr Golding to make a documentary about the struggle to freedom. The scheduled 60 minute documentary is currently being written by the author and will be titled; Innocent Beyond Belief.
Another non-fiction book surrounded Ken Loach’s gritty northern classic Kes - Life After Kes (GET Publishing 2010) - foreword by Michael Winner. The book has received national praise. An updated edition of the book has just been launched, November 3rd 2014, by Apex Publishing in paperback and on Kindle - foreword by TV presenter Melanie Sykes.
Simon has two non-fiction books out this year and next – the first published by DB Publishing (formerly Breedon Books). This is an adventure novel about the early and dangerous days of hot air ballooning - which surrounds aviation ace Mike Kendrick called, Thursday’s Child - foreword by Sir Richard Branson - the book was launched 1st October 2014.
The second is a controversial book surrounding the murder of 13-year-old newspaper boy Carl Bridgewater in 1978 - Scapegoat for Murder - and brings new evidence to the table. The author is yet to secure a publisher – although DB Publishing has offered to publish.
The author has also just signed a 3-way-contract with Hollywood starlet actress/writer/producer Hazel D’Jan and film producer Jugdeep Singh (director of Eighth Region Productions) to write a trilogy of big budget scripts. The productions are already in-development which includes Weapons of God, Myth of the Devil and The Second Appearance.
Simon has recently written, and co-producing, a comedy pilot script called, For the Love of Ella – and a further 5 treatment episodes for a 6-part series for TV. Filming started in September 2013 – via independent production company Salopian Films. The pilot stars Ewen MacIntosh (big Keith in The Office, TV & film) with actress film and TV actress Lucy Drive playing the other lead, Ella. The series will also include ex-cage fighter and actor/presenter Alex Reid. There will be cameos by actor Larry Lamb (EastEnders, Gavin and Stacey etc), Danny Peacock (Comic Strip, film and TV), Bobby Ball (Cannon and Ball & actor), Françoise Pascal (Mind Your Language TV and film) Darren Day (You Bet, presenter & actor), TV presenter Melanie Sykes, comedian and entertainer Billy Pearce and actress/producer/writer Hazel D’Jan.
The project is being co-produced, directed and edited by James Farina. The cinematographer - Simon Rowling. Please visit IMDb link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3293568/combined
The author has been co-writing a show with comedienne/actress/writer Helen Lederer – Helen Lederer asks WTF? (Why The Fuss?). It opened to sell-out audiences and rave reviews at the St James Theatre, Westminster – Thursday 9th May and the final performance was in November 2013. They are hoping the format will transfer to TV and radio plus a theatre tour. The pair are also working on several television treatments for mainstream TV.
Recently finished works and works in progress include… the late Brian Glover’s biography; Wrestler, Actor, Writer; foreword by presenter/actor/singer Darren Day. On Screen Shropshire, a volume that covers all TV and movies filmed in and around the county of Shropshire, foreword by John Challis (Boycie in Only Fools and Horses and The Green Green Grass etc.). Jacques Tati: The Quiet Man - a biographical novel that surrounds the late French iconic film-maker. And finally Ian McShane; An Intimate Biography.
The author has also translated, from Spanish to English, Icíar Bollaín’s best selling novel (published by El Pais Aguilar in 1997), A Quixotic Observer, for the UK national market. The book surrounds Ken Loach Carla's Song (1996). A winter 2014 release date is expected.
Simon has also appeared in shows Saturday Night Live with Lenny Henry, Tellystacks hosted by Paul Ross and The Time, The Place, presented by John Stapleton. Writing credits include BBC series The Culture Show – episode #7.3 and A British Film Special – both 2007. The author has also contributed to the documentary; A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1997).
The author is also working on a documentary surrounding his book Life After Kes together with Sony BMG – this is currently under review as the Head of Cataloguing, Sarah Atkinson, has moved to Channel 4.
Simon has also written comedy/drama scripts with his long-term writing partner; TV presenter Melanie Sykes. Bern & Glo, written in 2012, is currently under development with a large independent production company. The author has also written a screenplay tailored for actress Samantha Beckinsale (daughter of the late Richard Beckinsale and sister of the actress Kate), called The Contract. Simon and Samantha are currently pitching the project to two former London’s Burning producers for a TV movie, for main stream television.
The author is currently launching his own production company - Plan B Media Productions (www.planbmediaproductions.co.uk). Simon will be Director of Productions, together with presenter Nikki Brown (Business & Finance Director) and John Harris (Technical, Audio & Visual Director). They are already working on a documentary about comedians called Standing Up!
In winter of 2014 the author will direct a world premiere of his comedic one act trilogy under the title of The Film Audition. This will include The Son (act 1), The Mother (act 2) and The Father (act 3).
Simon Golding is also a director and organiser of the established prestigious Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival (www.bridgnorthmusicfest.com) which raises money for many local and national charities. Simon is also a presenter and chairman for the soon-to-be-launched radio station; The Valley Radio (www.thevalleyradio.org). Simon will present various art shows.
Simon W. Golding
Interests: Theatre, Film, Books, Comedy
Published writer: Yes