Peter Kalu

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Peter Kalu is well known as a poet, novelist, playwright and script writer. He started writing as a member of the Moss Side Write black writers workshop and has had five novels, two film scripts and three theatre plays produced to date.

In 2002 he won the Kodak/Liverpool Film Festival Award for his script, No Trace. In March 2003 he won the BBC/Contact Theatre's Dangeorus Comedy Script Award for his play, Pants.

He has lived in Hulme/ Moss Side/ Didsbury, Manchester; Edinburgh, Scotland; Leeds, Yorkshire; Lagos and Abia State (briefly), Nigeria; and San Francisco, USA. He trained in Kung Fu, regularly practising at the Wu Shu Kwan kung fu centre on the corner of Princess Rd and Alexander Rd, Manchester.

He is married with four children. Before turning to writing he worked as a translator (of French and Spanish into English), a glass collector in a Leeds pub called the Shoulder of Mutton, and as a street busker around the North West. He has a degree in Law and further qualifications in software programming, Internet coding (HTML) and Marketing. He runs a Hulme based Carnival Band called Moko Jumbi (Ghosts of the Gods) which takes to the streets at Manchester Carnival every year in July on three feet high stilts! He is learning to tightrope walk.

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Titles by Peter Kalu

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Little Jack Horner

A young Asian man is stabbed to death in an alleyway on a dark, wet night. It is a difficult case. There are no witnesses and no apparent motive. Delroy Johnson, of Johnson Private Investigations Bureau is called in by the young man’s family, frustrated at the slow police progress. Delroy Johnson is part time church caretaker, part time womaniser, some time investigator. More used to chasing down infidelity cases, he agrees to do what he can to catch the killer. A strong suspect emerges, but with little solid evidence, Johnson tries to draw him into the open. A deadly cat and mouse game ensues.

Set in a fictional Northern UK town, Little Jack Horner is a modern morality tale for 21st century UK, a story that crosses generations and cultures.

A short film based on private investigator, Delroy Johnson has already been shot and will be released in Spring 2008.

Author Background: Little Jack Horner is the fourth thriller from award-winning, Manchester writer, Peter Kalu. His others are Yard Dogs, Lick Shot and Professor X. He won the Kodak short film award, for the film tie in to Little Jack Horner, and the BBC/Contact Dangerous Comedy Award in 2003 for another script. He is a popular storyteller, with audiences of approx 5,000 every year.

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