Cole Moreton interviews people for the Mail on Sunday and has just been named Interviewer of the Year at the Press Awards 2016. He had a weekly spread in The Independent on Sunday up until its closure, with reportage on the issues of the day. His writing has appeared in the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Sunday Times among many others.
An experienced broadcaster, his television and radio appearances include The Big Questions, Today and The Moral Maze, as well as a number of documentaries. He has recently presented Sunday for Radio 4 and is currently working on a real-life cliffhanger series for the summer of 2016, The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away.
As chief feature writer of the Sunday Telegraph he produced reports, features, analysis and comment on major events from the Olympics to the death of Nelson Mandela. Cole pioneered new ways of telling stories online and on social media as well as in print, incorporating short films, video diaries and pieces to camera.
During a decade on staff at The Independent on Sunday he learned to handle big stories on the other side of the desk, as an editor as well as a writer. Cole ran the features, comment and foreign sections at various times as executive editor and was part of the team that designed and launched the IOS as Britain’s first quality compact Sunday newspaper. He was among colleagues nominated twice for Team of the Year at the Press Awards, for coverage of 9/11 and the London bombings.
Cole is a skilled interviewer, adept at listening and asking the right questions regardless of the background or standing of the person he is with. His specialist interests include national identity, culture and emerging forms of spirituality. He has also written at length about the arts, particularly music and literature.
The first of Cole’s three non-fiction books was Hungry For Home: A Journey To America From The Edge Of Ireland and published by Viking. It was shortlisted for the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize alongside White Teeth by Zadie Smith.
The second was called My Father Was A Hero (Viking) and told the story of the men and women who returned home to London after WW2 but could not handle peace time. His third book Is God Still An Englishman? How Britain Lost Its Faith (But Found New Soul) was published by Little, Brown. It explores the dramatic changes in British culture and spirituality over the last 30 years and celebrates the possibilities for the future.
Cole has spoken at many literary festivals and events including Cheltenham, Ways With Words and Greenbelt. He is a visiting lecturer at Westminster University and a former tutor for the Arvon Foundation.
After joining the Waltham Forest Guardian at the age of 16 and training as a journalist, he went on to work as a writer in refugee camps around the world, including Asia and Africa, before returning to this country to graduate with a First Class degree in Contemporary Writing (English, in plain English). Cole is based in London and East Sussex. He is a father of four, three of whom came at once.
His literary agent Elizabeth Sheinkman is ESheinkman@wmeentertainment.com. For a full CV or to be in direct contact with Cole please use the form below.