John Gannon

John Gannon

Author, Researcher and Screenwriter

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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February 2016
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About John

Essentially, I am a writer - I write - I write a lot - an awful lot: scripts, books, research ... I love to write ... I love to research ... I love to find research GOLD, and have uncovered a lot of it, both for TV Docs and books. Forget to mention; I have a science degree, and an MA in Screenwriting (don't know if that helps ;-P).

1988-1992 – Writing sketches and blackouts for BBC Radio 4’s, ‘Weekending’ and ‘The News Huddlines’.
2004 – 2006: MA Screenwriting at Liverpool John Moores University.
2006 – ‘So, This Is Christmas’, a one-hour children’s Christmas ghost story for TV, Winner of the ‘Lynda La Plante TV Screenwriting Award, 2006’.
2011 – Publication of ‘The Beatles: Living in the Eye of the Hurricane’ by Liverpool Authors: co-written with author, Kevin Roach (chap who uncovered Sir Paul McCartney's childhood essay regarding his thoughts on the Queen).
2011 – Publication of article concerning Thomas Peterson Goudie frauds on the Bank of Liverpool at the turn of the 19th Century, in the ‘Liverpool Echo’.
2012 – Publication of my 120,000-word True-Crime book, ‘The Killing of Julia Wallace’ by Amberley Publishing.
2012 – March, April, May – Publication of three-part series in ‘Shetland Life’ magazine concerning Thomas Peterson Goudie frauds.
2013 – Consultant and interviewed for BBC4 series, ‘A Very British Murder’, presented by Dr Lucy Worsley.
2014 – Consultant for and interviewed for appearance on BBC1's The One Show. Produced by Icon Pictures for the ‘Lies and Secrets’ strand presented by, Gyles Brandreth
2014 – Consultant for and appearance on BBC4’s 90-minute documentary, ‘The Real Tom Thumb’, produced by Wingspan Productions. Interviewed by Sir Michael Grade. Uncovered new, ‘ground breaking’ facts about the Victorian showman.
2014 – Approached by Dr Kees Rookmaaker, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore, to co-author an academic paper for publication in a scientific Journal. Published by Edinburgh University's, Archives of Natural History Journal: published in October 2015, EDITION 42.2
2016 - Currently on the cusp of finishing first draft of a new book, possibly published later in the year.

Unique traits: One-time singer/guitarist - major Elvis Presley fan (have actually met Scotty Moore [if you don't know who that is - shame on you]) - attempting to learn Jazz Clarinet so I can walk with the gods - Sidney Bechet, Artie Shaw, et al


  • The Real Tom Thumb: History's Smallest Superstar

    The Real Tom Thumb: History's Smallest Superstar (2014)
    Documentary by Wingspan Productions (Documentary) Michael Grade reveals the extraordinary and utterly unique story of General Tom Thumb, the world's first global show business celebrity. Just 31 inches tall, he went from humble beginnings in America to international superstardom, eventually performing on stage before over 50 million people, including President Lincoln and a devoted Queen Victoria...


  • Lynda La Plante Screenwriting Award


  • John Moores University, Liverpool

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