John Read

John Read

Author and Screenwriter

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Member Since:
March 2015
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About John

I started writing in the 1970s with work in Television; Radio; Newspapers & Magazines from Ireland to Australia.
My short stories have won superb reviews and many have won the much coveted 'Cherry Award' on the highly respected literary website ABC Tales.

I am also a songwriter, once signed to Warner Chappell, and currently shares credits with Paul McCartney on an album released in the USA by a British Chart group.

I am a member of the RBSA. (Royal Birmingham Society Of Artists.) where my work has been exhibited.

In previous incarnations I have worked as a photographer, carpenter and a Theatre Stage Manager.(Where I was taught to play the piano by Victor Borge, anongst others.)

I have climbed mountains for Alzheimers Research and part of the profits from my writing is donated too



  • The Man Who Couldn't Stay Dead

    The Man Who Couldn't Stay Dead Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama A murder victim is reincarnated and hunts down his killer using clues from his past life nightmares.  He unexpectedly meets his ex lover and they dig up his previous body to reclaim the valuable object that was buried with it.

  • 25, Chapel Lane

    25, Chapel Lane Budget: $100K - $1M | Family On a snowy Christmas Eve three children are carol singing when a peculiar building appears out of the snow. They are invited inside by the kind but other-worldly occupants where they witness a beautiful but oddly familiar scene. On Christmas day they receive a mystery present that convinces them they have met Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and seen the Nativity.

  • The Man Who Couldn't Stay Dead

    The Man Who Couldn't Stay Dead Drama A murder victim is reincarnated. He hunts down his killer, digs up his own body and reclaims what was buried with it.

  • 25, Chapel Lane

    25, Chapel Lane Animation Three young carol singers on Christmas Eve think they meet Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. It changes their Christmases forever.


  • The Man Who Couldn't Stay Dead

    The Man Who Couldn't Stay Dead (2014)
    Print Writer Book: A collection of twelve short stories: Ghosts; murder; revenge; reincarnation; love; laughter; sadness; horror; suspense; fantasy; nostalgia & more.

  • Magazines

    Magazines (2000 - 2012)
    Print Writer Short Stories in Magazines - from Ireland to Australia

  • Body Moves

    Body Moves (2011)
    Music Writer Two songs on the album by Isaac Angel. Forever & the album title song - Body Moves.

  • Sham Rock

    Sham Rock (2005)
    Music Writer One track on the self titled album Sham Rock. (Next to Paul McCartney on the credits.)

  • The News Huddlines

    The News Huddlines (1974 - 1979)
    Radio (Comedy) Writer Topical Satire/Comedy Sketches

  • The Grumbleweeds

    The Grumbleweeds (1972 - 1977)
    Television Writer Comedy Sketches


  • My story, Summer Sky won a writer's award for which I attended a Presentation Ceremony in London.


  • Royal School Of Music

  • London College of Art & Illustration

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