Cam­era­man turned au­thor has pub­lished a sci-fi take on the leg­end of King Arthur

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

AN AU­THOR who only turned to writ­ing af­ter fall­ing off a lad­der is set to re­lease a sci­ence fic­tion take on the leg­end of King Arthur at the end of the month.

Trevor Wrenn has more than 50 years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the film busi­ness and also cel­e­brated his 80th birth­day on Sun­day.

Mr Wrenn, who lives in Lane End, started his ca­reer at Bea­cons­field Stu­dios as a cam­era as­sis­tant, then moved on to Pinewood, Shep­per­ton Stu­dios, MGM, Dis­ney, Warner Broth­ers and oth­ers.

At some point in his ca­reer he found work­ing on TV com­mer­cials was more prof­itable and much less stress­ful than fea­ture films, so switched and ended up with his own com­mer­cials com­pany where he was a di­rec­tor cam­era­man.

But Mr Wrenn de­cided that af­ter 50 years in the busi­ness he had reached ‘the end of his work­ing life’.

The cat­a­lyst for the change was fall­ing off a lad­der at the age of 70.

His re­cov­ery gave him time con­tem­plate the risks of his job, and gave him plenty of time to write.

On de­cid­ing to re­tire from the film busi­ness he took a cre­ative writ­ing course at Ew­ert House Col­lege of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion, Sum­mer­town, Ox­ford.

“Writ­ers like to write a fun story some­times,” he said of his new novel.

“I’ve been tak­ing a class at a school in Ox­ford and it was about books for young adults, and they said you could do this.

“I couldn’t re­mem­ber many books from my child­hood, and the only story I could re­mem­ber was King Arthur, but it’s a well es­tab­lished story – you’re not go­ing to be orig­i­nal, so when I started writ­ing it I wrote it from a sci­ence fic­tion point of view.

“If you try it from a sci fi point of view you can say it did hap­pen but it hap­pened in a dif­fer­ent way.” Mr Wrenn said the Arthurian leg­end is mys­te­ri­ous and in­ter­est­ing, as no one can de­ter­mine what ex­actly hap­pened and whether it is true or not. He added: “I re­ally en­joyed writ­ing it, it’s fun and you could make stuff up. It was some­thing that I thought kids would like be­cause it’s all beat­ings and bat­tlings.”

En­joy­ing his sec­ond ca­reer, Mr Wrenn added: “I’m re­tired, my wife is re­tired, we live in a beau­ti­ful home in the coun­try – it’s just lovely.”

Arthurian au­thor: Trevor Wrenn and his lat­est novel (in­set)

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