Cole Moreton

Cole Moreton

Phil Burrowes

Cole Moreton is a writer and broadcaster exploring who we are and what we believe in.

His Radio 4 documentary series The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away won Audio Moment of the Year at the Arias, the radio industry Oscars. He has since written and presented many more series and documentaries for Radio 4 and won eight international awards over the last six years including Best Writing at the World’s Best Radio Awards in New York and a bronze for Best Speech Presenter at the Audio Production Awards.

The latest BBC Radio 4 series is The Wedding Detectives, exploring social history through old photographs rescued from junk shops and auctions and uncovering the remarkable stories of those involved. This was devised by Cole and producer Jonathan Mayo and is currently being developed for television.

Cole is a regular contributor to Pause For Thought on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Radio 2.

He was named Interviewer of the Year for his work with the Mail on Sunday and has also written for The Guardian, the Independent and the FT among others. As a journalist of many years standing, he was formerly executive editor of the Independent on Sunday.

The first of Cole’s six books Hungry For Home (Viking Penguin) was shortlisted for the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for a first book in any genre, alongside White Teeth by Zadie Smith. His most recent, a novel called The Light Keeper, won acclaim from the likes of Matt Haig and Anthony Horowitz. He sings and tells stories with his indie folk band The Light Keepers, including songs inspired by the novel and the landscape of the South Coast in which the story is set.

Cole’s newest project is Can We Talk? This is a collection of true short stories exploring the human need to connect, through encounters with remarkable people including Scarlett Johansson, Tiger Woods, the Queen and a refugee called Zahra who came across the Channel on an overloaded rubber boat. It is published by Hodder & Stoughton and will soon also be a book.

Cole was born into a working class family in the East End of London, left school at 16 and has a passion for helping those who feel excluded or find it hard to be heard. He was proud to be invited to take part in the inaugural Working Class Writers Festival in 2021.

He is a member of the Society of Authors, a patron of the Donor Family Network charity, an ambassador for Christian Aid and a long-time supporter of the Greenbelt festival. A father of four, including triplets, Cole ran away to the coast and spends as much time as possible staring out to sea.